The Classes

Sep, 2018
MS

Brittany Katz ’16 MD (see Scott Phillips ’11).

 

Sep, 2018
MS

John Sheppard ’78 MD (see ’75).

 

Sep, 2018
GS
Stanley Falkow PhD ’61
Stanley Falkow PhD ’61 was “one of the great microbe hunters of all time”
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Sep, 2018
GS

Mary O’Neill Hyde ’13 AM (see Gloria Markoff Winston ’48).

 

Sep, 2018
GS

Neil Rajan ’08 ScM-IMEE (see Ryan Heath ’05).

 

Sep, 2018
GS

Edwin Wong ’07 AM has teamed up with Langham Court Theatre to inaugurate a new international playwriting competition. The competition asks for playwrights to create works based on a concept called risk theatre, which he himself established, one that emphasizes chance and uncertainty in tragedy.

 

Sep, 2018
GS

Mark Warford ’90 MAT writes: “I published Reforms and Innovation in Education, a coedited volume that features fresh global perspectives on educational change. I was also featured in Eleanor D. Glor’s Leading-Edge Research in Public Sector Innovation.”

 

Sep, 2018
GS

Jon Dehn ’77 ScM (see John Sheppard ’75).

 

Sep, 2018
GS

Judith Ginsberg ’68 AM (see Sally Kusnitz Horn ’68).

 

Sep, 2018
GS

Mel Yoken ’61 MAT was awarded the French Legion of Honor at the home of the Consul General of France. Created in 1802 by Napoleon and administered by the president of France, it is France’s highest governmental honor for “services rendered to France by persons of exceptional merit.” The Consul General’s speech made note of Yoken’s archives of French letters at Brown, among his many qualifications.

 

Sep, 2018
GS

Donald Hook ’61 PhD (see Terence Hook ’80).

 

Sep, 2018
21
Taking It Home
Revisiting Dad’s country to play international soccer
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Photo of Sydney Cummings ’21 playing soccer in her Brown team uniform (number 20)
Sep, 2018
20
Coffee Catch
The java’s free—just hand over your data
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Photo of Shiru Café
Sep, 2018
19
Working Vacation
Eight undergrads told us where and how they spent their summer
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Illustration of 8 students in their summer jobs.
Sep, 2018
19
Pot Policy Wonk
Catherine Nacier ’19, ’23 PLME is obsessed with marijuana policy.
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Portrait of Catherine Nacier PLME ’19, ’23 PLME
Sep, 2018
18
Word Man
Alexa, how can I improve my vocabulary? David Markey ’18 has an app for that.
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Illustration of David Markey ’18
Sep, 2018
17
Figure It Out!
A biomedical engineering class addresses real-world problems
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Professors and students simulate a neonatal blood draw
Sep, 2018
15

Lauren Waterbury and Landon Turley ’12 were married on Apr. 28.

 

Sep, 2018
14
Syrian Journeys
A debut novel inspired by present-day refugees
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Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar ’14
Sep, 2018
14

Kevin Nguyen (see Alan Birnbaum ’71).

 

Sep, 2018
13

Caitrin Watson married Bradley Burns on July 7. They met in the summer of 2010 on the Brown campus and now live together in Brooklyn, N.Y. Caitrin graduated from the first cohort of the Brown-RISD dual degree program with an AB in Environmental Studies (Brown) and a B.F.A. in Apparel Design (RISD) and is currently the senior coordinator of fabric systems & sustainability for luxury fashion brand Lafayette 148 New York. Brad rowed all four years onmen’s varsity crew, graduated with an AB in business, entrepreneurship, and organizations, and worked for a Boston consulting group before accepting a position at Google. The two are excited for this next chapter in their lives.

 

Sep, 2018
12

Mary O’Neill Hyde ’13 AM (see Gloria Markoff Winston ’48).

 

Sep, 2018
12

Samantha Horneff wrote the lyrics and co- wrote the book for the new off-Broadway musical Single Rider, in which three Amish girls discover the outside world and themselves at a Pennsylvania amusement park on the first day of their year of Rumspringa. It had its premiere from May 11 to June 17 at the Players Theatre.

 

Sep, 2018
11

Scott Phillips and Brittany Katz ’12, ’16 MD announce the May 7 birth of their son Jayce Eli Katz Phillips.

 

Sep, 2018
11
New Brews
Ditching an insurance job to craft beer in Nicaragua
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Photo of Greenberg and an associate walking with a forklift that's carrying brewing equipment through San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.
Sep, 2018
08
Grassroots
Kira Ganga Kieffer ’08 and husband Aaron Eisman ’08 launch YouLobby.org
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Kira Ganga Kieffer ’08 and her husband, Aaron Eisman ’08
Sep, 2018
08
Digital Democracy
Youlobby.org makes engaged citizenship easier.
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Photo of Kira Ganga Kieffer ’08 and Aaron Eisman ’08, at a rally with a sign that says "Healthcare is a Human Right."
Sep, 2018
05

Aaron Kashtan (see Judith Finkelstein Kashtan ’74).

 

Sep, 2018
05

Ryan Heath and Nayla Khoury ’06 were married on Apr. 14 in Atlanta, Ga. The two were Brown Outdoor Leadership Training managers from 2005 to 2006. The ceremony was officiated by Robin Rose, former Dean of Student Life and founder of BOLT. Lamya Khoury ’08 was the maid of honor. Freddy C. Dominguez ’04; Brandon Gordon; former BOLT director Tommy Hayes ’98; Ravi Prasad; Neil Rajan ’07, ’08 ScM-IMEE; and Joseph Rivera were groomsmen. Also in attendance were Nikki Allen ’06, Adhi Chittur ’06, Keally DeWitt ’04, Mary Greene ’06, Yael Horovitz ’06, Jessica Johns, Nadia Lambek ’06, Alex Merkler ’06, Ceara O’Leary ’06, Alexis Walker ’06, former BOLT Director Shelley Adriance, and former Director of Residential Experience Natalie Basil. All attendees received a bag of GORP.

 

Sep, 2018
02

Alison Friedman, after 15 years of living in Beijing, has moved to Hong Kong, where she was recruited to be the new artistic director of Performing Arts of the West Kowloon Cultural District, one of the largest arts and cultural development projects in the world right now. She is looking to reconnect with Brown alums in the area.

 

Sep, 2018
02
What Office?
John Krasinski ’02 moves into uncharted territory
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Photo of John Krasinski ’02
Sep, 2018
01
Learning How to Learn
New Dean of the College Rashid Zia ’01 shares his insights
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Brown's Dean of the College
Sep, 2018
00
Cooking
The new app “Issa’s Edible Adventures” teaches kids about more than cooking.
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Screengrab of “Issa’s Edible Adventures” app
Sep, 2018
00
Kids Cooking
A free app for kids offers recipes and adventures
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Image of a screen capture from the app: illustrations of plates and food related items.
Sep, 2018
99
No Place Like Home
A new memoir explores a personal search for belonging
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Photo of Alex Wagner ’99
Sep, 2018
98

Neil Roberts’s book A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass was published by the University Press of Kentucky on June 29. Additional information is available at kentuckypress.com.

 

Sep, 2018
98

Tommy Hayes (see Ryan Heath ’05).

 

Sep, 2018
96

Rebecca Hart has released a new recording of her music, “The Magician’s Daughter,” available at rebeccahart.bandcamp.com. She writes: “During this process I also went back to school and got an MFA from NYU’s graduate musical theatre writing program. It was transformative and brought back great memories of making music and theatre at Brown.”

 

Sep, 2018
95

Brian Jones successfully defended his PhD thesis in urban education at the Graduate Center of City Univ. of New York. His research, now in preparation as a book manuscript, is on the explosive 1960s Tuskegee student movement. Brian was a scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research library of the New York Public Library, where he is staying on as Associate Director of Education.

 

Sep, 2018
94

Greg Smithsimon writes: “My most recent book, Cause… And How It Doesn’t Always Equal Effect, was published by Melville House Press. I draw on my own field of sociology and other parts of the social sciences to offer unexpected answers to pressing questions; What works in the fight against terrorism? Why did the pregnancy crisis end? And was Ronald Reagan bad for your health?” This is his third book.

 

Sep, 2018
92

Grant Johnson writes: “NYC Office Suites has expanded from four to six midtown locations. We are now one of the largest commercial tenants in the city.” Grant lives in Greenwich, Conn., with wife Elle and daughter Henley, whose godfather is Christian Albert ’91. He enjoys visiting Los Angeles frequently to see his twin brother, Brett Johnson.

 

Sep, 2018
91

Horace Jen writes that, after a year at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, he is now back in Washington, D.C., and regularly attends functions sponsored by the Brown Club of D.C. He and fellow ’91 classmates Henry Chu (in Taipei), Eric Banson (in Hong Kong), and Manish Jain (in India), aka the “Brown Pacific Boys” (BPBs), are planning an event to celebrate their half-century mark, and they would love to hear from fellow BPBs and other alums who will also celebrate their “big five-o.”

Sep, 2018
91
Tomorrow’s Citizens
Scott Warren ’09 started a nationwide program that teaches students civics via local involvement.
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Aaron Cooper ’21 running a workshop
Sep, 2018
88
Two Reunions in One
Scott Poulson-Bryant started Brown ’88 and finished ’08
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Scott Poulson-Bryant with Brown ’08 buds Dobbs Hogoboom, Beau Gaitors, and Mackenzie Staffier
Sep, 2018
87

Mark Rogers, Dominique Shelton ’88, and Michael Zuraw ’84 gathered for a photo during a conference on compliance and ethics, privacy, risk management, and corporate social responsibility in Velké Karlovice, Czech Republic, in April. Michael Zuraw directs the global enterprise risk management function for ON Semiconductor, Mark Rogers is a senior vice president at ON Semiconductor in the law department, and Dominique Shelton is a partner at Perkins Coie LLP, advising clients on privacy and cybersecurity.

 

Sep, 2018
87
Roots and Rites
Conceptual choreographer Edisa Weeks ’87
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Photo of Edisa Weeks ’87
Sep, 2018
84

Jodi Levine Avergun (see Jerry Levine ’58).

 

Sep, 2018
83

Eric Dolin’s newest book, Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates, was published on Sept. 18, 2018, by Liveright (an imprint of W. W. Norton) and is reviewed  in this issue of Fresh Ink section, pg. 49. He will be giving book talks through out New England and beyond. You can find where he will be speaking at his website, www.ericjaydolin.com. He writes: “If you are in the area, please come by and say hello. This year, my wife, Jennifer, and I become empty-nesters, with our second child heading off to college.”

Sep, 2018
82

Pamela Kripke has published a memoir, Girl Without a Zip Code, an exploration of home, motherhood and the passing of time.

 

Sep, 2018
81
Crossing the Political Divide
Americans are more divided than ever. Can we reclaim middle ground?
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Illustration of a talking profile and word bubble
Sep, 2018
80

James A. Warren published his newest book, God, War, and Providence: The Epic Struggle of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians Against the Puritans of New England, in June. James is a freelance writer, a former visiting scholar at Brown, and a regular contributor to the Daily Beast.
 

 

Sep, 2018
80

Terence Hook, son of Donald Hook ’61 PhD, has retired after 38 years as an electrical engineer at IBM. He is so far actively embracing the post-employment life, enjoying skiing, golfing, riding his horse, and running his small farm in northern Vermont, along with his wife of 35 years, Andrea Salvatore Hook. Daughters Catherine and Elizabeth are currently eschewing the rural life and are ensconced in Manhattan and Portland, Me., respectively, both of which he finds good places to visit.

 

Sep, 2018
80

Laurel Greenberg, Tina Crenshaw, Ellen Comley, and Holly Cahow Lasagna reunited in festive style in Charlotte, N.C., in June to celebrate 40 years of friendship. Eschewing a European vacation, they opted for a food-and-drink escapade around Charlotte’s lesser-known hot spots and partied like it was 1979.

 

Sep, 2018
80
Rights, Now
Former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards ’80 says there’s never been a better time to fight for change.
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portrait of Cecile Richards
Sep, 2018
79

Marc and Marcia Band McReynolds celebrated their 40th anniversary in April with four days of hiking and kayaking in Southern California. Marc writes: “Looking forward to our next ‘40th’ in May 2019 in Providence.”

 

Sep, 2018
77

Jan Zlotnick writes: “I don’t for a moment take for granted the good times that continue to be shared in the New York area with Ed Annunziato, Rich Hand, Rich Rosenbaum, and Mike Wallace , and, on the phone or when they visit, Tim Clapp and Mike Sherman. I live in West Caldwell, N.J., and am based in Manhattan. I’m a branding and creative consultant, busy particularly with tech companies, showing them how to grow their value by telling their human stories often smothered under all that data-speak. My own story is on my site: http://www.janzlotnick.com.”

 

Sep, 2018
76

DEBRA LEE ’76, as Deadline.com reports, has announced her departure as chair and CEO of BET Networks, where she began in 1986 as their first general counsel. Her supervision led to the creation of BET Her, the first television network designed specifically for African-American women, and BET.com, as well as such records as the most-watched sitcom premiere (“The Game”) and highest-rated biopic (“The New Edition Story”) in cable history. She plans to continue her work to advance the rights of women and people of color with organizations like Time’s Up and the Recording Academy Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

 

Sep, 2018
76

Maria Defino Whitsett writes: “After 36 years in educational research, administration, and policy analysis, I retired in June 2017 to spend time relaxing, traveling, and pursuing the making of a perfect baguette. My husband doesn’t mind eating all of my practice runs.”

Sep, 2018
76

Paul Koza writes: “I caught up with Mike Bernert and his wife, Joan, and Richard Gamble ’74 and his wife, Kathy, in Florida on vacation... Great to see Brown alums in the Keys.”

 

Sep, 2018
76
Weather Warrior
Dispatches from the front lines of climate-change adaptation
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Photo of Joel Scheraga, with wetlands in the background.
Sep, 2018
76
Meet the New Meat
David Lipman ’76 has created a plant-based burger to satisfy carnivores
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Photo of David Lipman ’76 in front of the bar at a restaurant
Sep, 2018
75
Fresh Ink
New books by Eric Jay Dolin '83, Dawn Raffel '79 and Alan Stern '75 & David Grinspoon '82
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Sep, 2018
75

John Sheppard ’78 MD, Jon Dehn ’77 ScM, Solomon Picciotto, and Rich Radice ’76 reunited for a benefit rock concert in Cape Charles, Va., on July 14 to raise awareness for organ donation and target research funding for the Eye Bank Association of America.

Sep, 2018
75

Bruce Riedel’s book Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States Since FDR was published in November 2017. He is the director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution.

 

Sep, 2018
74

Judith Finkelstein Kashtan writes: “Our son, Aaron Kashtan ’05, continues his lifelong passion for comic books. His first book was published by Ohio University Press: Between Pen and Pixel: Comics, Materiality, and the Book of the Future (Studies in Comics and Cartoons). He is currently teaching at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.”

 

Sep, 2018
74

Carol Norris Brown reports that plans are underway for a wonderful reunion next spring. She writes: “Save the dates for a return to Providence on May 24–26, 2019. We are looking forward to seeing you there.”
 

 

Sep, 2018
73
Robert A. Reichley
The former BAM editor "expected his team to be relentlessly original in connecting alumni, faculty, and the news media to Brown’s excellence and growth."
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Bob Reichley surrounded by journalists
Sep, 2018
71

Bonnie Chock Burke writes: “After 35 years, I retired from public school counseling, mostly in the state of Hawaii. I’ve been retired now for five years. I stay active traveling and continue to sing with the Hawaii Opera Theatre Chorus—been singing with this organization since 1992.”

Sep, 2018
71

Alan Birnbaum writes: “‘Brown...cold winters.’ That was an odd but true phrase to hear in the doctors’ lounge of St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, where I have been active staff since 1979 and currently serve as the chairman of the neurology division and medical director of the stroke program, not to mention now teaching our very first class of internal medicine residents. I turned around and saw a very young doctor in green scrubs, not one of our own residents, but house staff from a cooperating local hospital, Valley Children’s Hospital, where my late mother, a pediatrician, had practiced for a quarter century. And with that, I met Kevin Nguyen ’14, who had just completed four years of medical school at UC Davis, and had come for his opening pediatrics rotation in our hospital’s nursery.”

 

Sep, 2018
70

Michael Toothman writes: “I stopped by to visit campus in March. It was my first time back in several years, and I hated to learn that the Newport Creamery closed several years ago. My seventh grandchild is due in September; life is good. I finished an expert witness assignment in Australia and added a vacation week in Tasmania afterwards. I am also still speaking frequently on structural professionalism issues.”

 

Sep, 2018
69

Linda Antonucci writes: “Save the date: the class of 1969’s 50th reunion will be May 24–26, 2019. If you plan to attend and need a hotel room, please reserve your room now. Hotel rooms in downtown Providence are getting scarce. The class reunion committee is planning some spectacular events. You can follow the latest updates on class events by joining our class of 1969 Facebook page, which is open only to members of the class. We will also be updating our class website, which is https://sites.google.com/a/brown.edu/brown-class-of-1969. We look forward to seeing you in May 2019.”

 

Sep, 2018
68
Swab for the Future
Dr. Karen Bell ’68, ’70 MMSc swabs for Alzheimer's research
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Photo of Lisha Cole ’83 swabbed
Sep, 2018
68
On the Neural Frontier
Mapping the body’s most complex organ in surprising new ways.
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Brain science illo showing nervous system, dna marker, and a fly
Sep, 2018
68

Class secretary Sally Kusnitz Horn reports: “Thirty-six members of our Pembroke class met in Newport, R.I., for a mini-reunion just before our big 50th reunion in Providence. Kudos to Binnie Ravitch, Gay Parrish, and Ginger Heinbockel Ignatoff for organizing.
Calling all class of 1968 Pembrokers—For the last 25 years, an ever-expanding (by word of mouth) group of Pembrokers from the class of 1968 have been meeting three times a year (mostly in New York) and communicating, first by snail mail and, with the advent of email, via email. Because the group, first convened by Judith Ginsberg ’68 AM and Binnie Ravitch, had its genesis in New York, it’s called the Big Apple Orchard Club Pembroke 68 (Binnie blames her dyslexia for dubbing it BOACP68 – but the moniker has stuck). It’s been a source of friendship over the years for both those in New York and elsewhere. While the group has grown over the years by word of mouth, that’s no longer good enough. So, if you are part of the Pembroke class of 1968 and would like to join and share in the sisterhood, please contact Ginger Heinbockel lgnatoff

Sep, 2018
65

James Schreiber was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

 

Sep, 2018
65

Richard Hyman writes: “After an almost 50-year city planning career, ranging from commissioner of planning and community development in Mount Vernon, N.Y., to housing director for WestHELP, to planning consultant, I was recently appointed chairman of the Westchester County Planning Board. I look forward to using my education and experience on important planning issues in Westchester.”

 

Sep, 2018
64

David Schmottlach writes: “I’m finally retired at 75 and growing Chardonnay grapes in Temecula, California, north of San Diego.”

Sep, 2018
64

J. Michael Jupin writes: “Barbara and I walked 50 miles of the Camino de Santiago in May and, tired of the cold Columbus, Ohio winters, planned our final move to Albuquerque.”

 

Sep, 2018
64

Bruce Bean writes: “After practicing corporate law in New York City, Los Angeles, and Moscow, and then teaching for 14 years at the Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, we are moving to the Philadelphia area. I plan to continue teaching corporate law, and mergers & acquisitions, at Michigan State and maintaining my interest in Russian matters. I have returned from giving two presentations in Germany, one on corruption at FIFA and the other on the impact of U.S. sanctions on Nord Stream II, the latest gas pipeline in Europe.”

 

Sep, 2018
63

Webmaster George Bryant reports: “Over the weekend, 72 alumni and spouses came to campus to celebrate our 55th reunion. The weekend began with a Friday night dinner at the University Club and recognition of the class of 1963’s gift. The night’s entertainment included Tom Generous on the ukulele and Marty Lawyer, our perpetual cheerleader, singing Brown songs and other touching numbers. We then proceeded to the campus dance to dance the night away. On Saturday, we lunched at the Hope Club, where we elected our new officers and presented a gavel to our outstanding president of the last 10 years, Glenn Cashion. Our new class officers are: President Barbara Smith Langworthy, Vice President Bill Silverman, Secretary Marty McCauley Anderson, Treasurer Fred Parker, 60th Reunion Cochairs Mary Lou Clark Levine and Glenn Cashion, and Webmaster George Bryant. Jose Flores ’18, the recipient of our Class Scholarship for the last four years, also addressed the class. This was followed by a tour of the RISD Museum, arranged by Jim Seed. We returned to the Hope Club for dinner and entertainment by the Higher Keys, an excellent Brown coed a capella group. Professor Barrett Hazeltine also was honored and spoke to the group. After our march down College Hill on Sunday, we went on to Bailey’s Beach Club in Newport hosted by Dayton Carr, a spectacular event to close a wonderful weekend. On Friday noon, a group of 19 Pembrokers and three brave husbands gathered at the University Club for lunch. Barbara Langworthy spoke to the group about the special values that Pembroke instilled in us that made such an event a homecoming for old friends. We were also treated to a talk and discussion with Gail Cohee, the director of the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center and an associate dean and adjunct faculty member in Gender and Sexuality Studies. What an exchange, discussing women’s issues now and 55 years ago.”

 

Sep, 2018
62

Judy Hexter Riskind writes: “I had lunch with four old Pembroke classmates: Dale Burg, Roz Jacobs Koskoff, Val Brenhouse Mace, and Jane Halperin Willis. Lots of laughs and so much fun.”

Sep, 2018
61

Elizabeth Diggs writes: “My new play, Grant and Twain, is being performed at Performance Spaces for the Twenty-First Century (PS21) theatre in Chatham, N.Y. Performances are Sept. 27–30. The play has been in development for five years. It is not a documentary, but it is true to the history when Ulysses S. Grant was bankrupted in a famous swindle Ponzi scheme and had to write his memoirs to save his honor and his family. His admirer, Mark Twain, determined to publish the book himself and make it the biggest bestseller in American history. Grant wrote in a race against death.”

 

Sep, 2018
60
William Simmons ’60
“One of the most distinguished scholars of Native New England”
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Sep, 2018
59

Sandra Giles Perrault writes: “Some former Sharpe House girls have stayed in touch for over 60 years and get together periodically. Those who live in Massachusetts—Johanne Bennett Morrison, Pat Pennal MacKenzie, Judith Lister Yelle, and me—gather throughout the year to celebrate our respective birthdays. We have also traveled extensively together since 1994. Twice a year we visit with Joan Wallace Hawkinson and her husband, Don ’58, when they come to Maine from Minneapolis. We also stay in touch with Anne Crook-all Hockenos (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Jan Yeutter Shapiro (Rochester, N.Y.). Judy Yelle moved into assisted living after the death of her husband, Lou. Pat MacKenzie and her husband, Don MacKenzie ’57, sold their home in Acton and moved to Concord. We are all looking forward to our 60th reunion next year.”

 

Sep, 2018
59

Michael S. Davidson and Mary Wickens (Wheaton ’65) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Michael, despite having turned 80 in June, has undertaken the role of president of Morningside Retirement and Health Services, Inc. He and Mary still live in New York City, near Columbia. He writes: “We delighted in the recent birth of our fifth grandchild in February. Would love to hear from Brown friends.”

Sep, 2018
58

Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Our 60th reunion began with a cocktail party at the Faculty Club, followed by dinner. Professor Martha Sharp Joukowsky gave a timely and fascinating talk about United States and Turkish relations and the implications for NATO. This was followed by a tribute to the late Gerry Alaimo. For the intrepid, Campus Dance; for others, camaraderie or bed. Saturday morning, the all-class memorial service at Sayles, forums throughout the morning as well as a chance to hear President Paxson. Saturday afternoon, Brown and Pembroke luncheons under the same tent followed by a class panel discussion: Jim Furlong on U.S. newspapers’ fight for survival, Bill Jesdale on secondary education, Mike Trotter on what’s to become of the legal profession, Jill Hirst Scobie on the women’s movement (sorry, Jane Bertram Miluski, there should have been time for you). This followed by a dinner in a tent adjacent to the new engineering building followed by class awards. Again, for the energetic, Waterfire in downtown Providence. Sunday morning: the unforgettable and unmissable march down the hill. Then a ‘winding down’ event at the concluding luncheon at the Acoaxet Club in Westport, Mass. Special thanks to Jim Moody and Sandy McFarland Taylor, our copresidents, for all their organizing efforts as well as our terrific Alumni Office staff person, Maren Nelson. A job well done by all. A further thanks to Stan Dobson, Jim Furlong, Jane Bertram Miluski, and Bob Wood for all their work and efforts as well.”

 

Sep, 2018
57

Judith Krasnoff Perlow writes: “I am happy to report that I’m still walking the earth and enjoying movies, live theater, opera, symphony concerts, and eating out. I have been retired for some years now from the University of Tampa, where I was a counselor in the adult learners’ program, a job I loved. Since then I have belonged to several book groups and still attend one regularly. At 83, I am hardly lithe, but I do go faithfully to a fitness class three mornings a week and walk two miles when the weather permits, so not in the summer. I am in the process of checking out independent/assisted living facilities in Massachusetts, since both my daughters live in the greater Boston area.”

Sep, 2018
57

Dorothy Crews Herzberg writes: “My book, Use Your Voice: Political Poetry and More, is available on Amazon. It contains poems such as ‘One No Trump,’ ‘Sanctuary Stomp,’ ‘What It Means to be a PCV,’ and much more. Thought-provoking.”

 

Sep, 2018
55

John Strong Jr. writes: “I’m still playing tennis and golf and working in a local soup kitchen. Also, I still travel to New York City for ballet and Philharmonic and to the Staller Center at Stony Brook University for student orchestra and the MetLive.”

Sep, 2018
54

Martin Kantor’s book Passive-Aggression: Understanding the Sufferer, Helping the Victim was published in October 2017 by Praeger.

 

Sep, 2018
50

Roy Anderson writes: “Nine stalwart folk attended the class of 1950 mini-reunion on May 24 at the Faculty Club for lunch and much banter. Jill Stange of Alumni Relations arranged the gathering, and Paul Lipsitt was the genial host. We were saddened to learn that copresident Bruce Chick passed away in March, but his wife, Carolyn Decatur Chick, graced our table. Other classmates attending the reminiscence of one of the largest classes in Brown history included: Pauline Longo Denning, Temple Fawcett, Bill Mayer, Don McLellan, and Rita Caslowitz Michaelson. Greetings and regrets were sent by several other classmates who, because of distance or health issues, could not be present. They included Gene Ahearn, Celine Chabot-Hall, Dorothy Smith Curtis, Allan Dougherty, Robert D. Hall Jr., John B. Leeming, Donald McLellan, Haven H. Newton, Fletcher Ward, and J. McNally, who wrote: ‘I still proudly wear my class of ’50 college ring that, after 68 years, is polished smooth from wear.’ All were optimistically looking forward to 2020 for a spectacular 70th.”

 

Sep, 2018
49

Morris Schwartz’s granddaughter, Adeline Schwartz, joined the class of 2022. Other alumni family members are Abraham Schwartz ’41, Elaine Revkin Rakatansky ’65, Barbara Revkin ’70, and Rebecca Haumann ’13.

 

Sep, 2018
49

Class secretary Harold Gadon reports: “Please mark your calendars for the class of 1949’s 70th reunion in 2019. Your very enthusiastic class board members are already planning for this momentous occasion. In fact, our class leaders met on May 16. Our president, Mars Bishop, generously arranged a luncheon for 16 classmates and their significant others at the Squantum Association. Class members who attended this year’s gathering were Mars Bishop, president; Alan Flink, vice president; Hal Gadon, secretary/treasurer; Sumner Alpert, and board members Robert Galkin, Ted Low, Ken Nanian, and Gerrit Sanford.”

 

Sep, 2018
48

Class copresident Gloria Markoff Winston reports: “The Pembroke class of 1948 is still basking in the glow of our 70th reunion. Despite the fact that only a few of us could attend, it was an opportunity for many more to reconnect. Class officers Barbara Oberhard Epstein, Betty Montali McKenzie, and I spent countless hours on the phone calling classmates prior to reunion weekend. Unfortunately, many could not physically make the trip, but the phone conversations provided each of them with the opportunity to be connected in spirit. In addition to the wonderful phone calls, we sent classmates a letter requesting that they send back news about their lives, which we all enjoyed reading. Those in attendance were Ginnie Callas, Barbara Kent Elliott, Jean Roberston Finn, and me. A highlight of the weekend was that we enjoyed the company of one of our former Helena Hope Gammel Pembroke 1948 Scholarship recipients, Mary O’Neill Hyde ’12, ’13 AM. Mary came from her home in Massachusetts to join us for lunch. Mary is an Irish immigrant, who after having four children, attended Brown as a returning undergraduate (RUE) student. She served as a RUE counselor and mentor while at Brown. She completed her baccalaureate degree in history and went on to earn a master’s in comparative political studies. The weekend was jam-packed with events, lectures, concerts, and dinners at the Hope Club, all culminating in the procession through the Van Wickle Gates and down College Hill. I was the class marshal. Thousands of degree candidates, faculty, and honorees lined either side of the street. People whistled and cheered and applauded, and the band played as alumni passed through the crowd, with our class very near the front.”

 

Sep, 2018
44

Shirley Hope Reeves writes: “It is hard to believe that it will be my 75th class reunion at Brown next year. This year I have joined the many Brown graduates who have become successful in businesses around the world. My caregiver and I have turned our brand-new house into a bed and breakfast located on the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, Michigan. My role is to quiet and entertain the guests. My caregiver (who is a famous certified chef) takes care of the breakfast, as well as the cocktail hour. We both love our new occupations. To all Brown alumni, relatives, and friends: our welcome mat is always out for you. Look us up on the Internet: Taste on the Lakeshore, Airbnb—we love to show off.”

 

Sep, 2018
Field Day ’18
Alums gather for outdoor games
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Photo of Alumni Field Day ’18
Sep, 2018
Campus Dance ’18
Roughly 11,000 attendees and 600 bobbing paper lanterns marked Brown's signature commencement Weekend nocturnal revel, which dates back more than 100 years.
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Photo of Campus Dance ’18
Sep, 2018
July/August ’18 Poll Results
How did you spend your summers in college?
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Poll graphic
Sep, 2018
The Science of Aging
Brown scientists search for keys to living longer—and better.
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Illustration of a woman warily eyeing genetic symbols
Sep, 2018
Delighted To Meet You
Editor Pippa Jack joins the BAM
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September/October cover
Sep, 2018
Portraits of Love
A student uplifts women with cancer and their care teams
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Photo of Caleigh Steele ’20 and her sister Lynden
Sep, 2018
Robots Gone Rogue
New in cyber insecurity: hackable research robots
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Illustration of a robot
Aug, 2018
11
Danger Zone
Alexandra Ulmer ’11: The reporting life in Venezuela
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Image of Alexandra Ulmer taking notes, surrounded by Venezuelan children.
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Trying to Make Meaning
The 10th novel from Meg Wolitzer ’81 is her most political yet.
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Photo of Meg Wolitzer ’81
Jul, 2018
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Teddy Youn ’09 MD (see Grace Cheung ’04).

 

Jul, 2018
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Melissa Choi ’09 MD (see Grace Cheung ’04).

 

Jul, 2018
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Richard Ellenbogen ’83 MD (see ’80).

 

Jul, 2018
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Border Reversal
Silvia Giorguli PhD ’04 explores new U.S.-Mexico dynamics
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Silvia Giorguli PhD ’04 speaks at a forum.
Jul, 2018
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Junarm Choi ’03 ScM (see Grace Cheung ’04).
 

 

Jul, 2018
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Madeline Miller ’01 AM (see ’00).

 

Jul, 2018
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Jami Valentine ’98 ScM married Cecil Miller on Mar. 3 in an intimate ceremony in Longwood, Fla. In attendance were Gelonia Dent ’97 ScM ’99 PhD (current director at the Science Center at Brown), Dr. Gabrielle McLemore (who was a postdoctoral researcher at Brown 1997–99), and Jasmine Tyler ’99 AM.

 

Jul, 2018
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Carolyn Duby ’92 ScM (see ’89).

 

Jul, 2018
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Dan Hill ’84 AM has a new book coming out on Sept. 18, Famous Faces Decoded. He will be speaking in Providence on the book tour on Sept. 19.

 

Jul, 2018
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Mark Halliday ’76 AM (see ’71).
 

 

Jul, 2018
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Ido Jamar ’74 ScM, ’77 PhD (see Linda Antonucci ’69).

 

Jul, 2018
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Applied Academics
Engaged scholars put what they’re learning into immediate action
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A student rests on the grass
Jul, 2018
18

Michael Weisman (see Tony Weisman ’82).

 

Jul, 2018
18

Ernesto Renda (see Ernie Renda ’79).
 

 

Jul, 2018
18
Out the Gates, Into the Fray
The 250th graduating class made it through!
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Graduating seniors taking a selfie.
Jul, 2018
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Phoebe Erickson (see Marilyn Tarasiewicz Erickson ’57).

 

Jul, 2018
17

Benjamin N. Owens (see Stephen and Karen Carter Owens ’78).

 

Jul, 2018
15

Sophia Schein Renda (see Ernie Renda ’79).

 

Jul, 2018
15

Claire Kim ’16 MAT and Bianca Camacho ’16 are getting married. Claire writes: “Shout out to BUDS and the Blue Room, where we met and worked together.”

 

Jul, 2018
15

Kelly Buckley (see Reid Norris Buckley ’84).

 

Jul, 2018
15
Inner Life of a Goddess
Madeline Miller ’00, ’01 AM revisits the Circe story for the #MeToo era
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Photo of Madeline Miller, perusing antiquities at New York's Metropolitan Museum.
Jul, 2018
14
The Gears of Racism
Exposing the structural bias behind Trayvon Martin’s murder
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Professor Tricia Rose ’93 PhD
Jul, 2018
13

Lissette Jimenez and Peter Wilmot ’12 were married on Mar. 24 in Berkeley, Calif. Peter and Lissette were given away by family members who are also Brown alums; Thomas Wilmot ’77 (Peter’s dad) and Aaron Jimenez ’09 (Lissette’s brother).

 

Jul, 2018
13

Shawn Sunil Verma ’18 MD graduated from Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School on the same weekend as his fifth-year undergraduate reunion. Shawn will head back home to upstate New York to begin his psychiatry clinical residency training. Outside of medicine, he stays interested in environmentalism and the proposed link between a greater mental orientation toward ​eco-psychology and novel psychedelic therapeutics. He has enjoyed pursuing good health through fitness, especially playing squash. He had the good fortune of spending five weeks in Hawaii this past January and February doing a medical school rotation at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu and in his free time exploring Hawaii.

Jul, 2018
12

Gabriela Lester-Coll and Jason Hardy were married in Rincon, Puerto Rico, in January.
 

 

Jul, 2018
11

Alicia Maule was featured on a podcast focused on social impact. It’s an in-depth conversation on how we use digital at the Innocence Project to amplify the voices of the wrongly convicted and use their narratives to help reform the criminal justice system.

 

Jul, 2018
11
Fresh Ink
New books by Rita Bullwinkel '11, Jessica Weisberg '06 and Natasha Zaretsky '96 AM, '03 PhD
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Jul, 2018
10

Timothy Danser writes: “I got engaged and will be getting married in September. Additionally, I graduated from the Wharton School of Business with my MBA. I started work at an artificial intelligence software security company called Respond Software. I moved back to the Bay Area and am living in Silicon Valley.”

 

Jul, 2018
09

Devin Cohen and Sarah Cohen welcomed their first child, Isabelle, on Apr. 22, 2017.

 

Jul, 2018
07

Rachel Lubin Duvdevani announces her Sept. 3, 2017, wedding to Ben Duvdevani at Liberty House in Jersey City, N.J. Rachel is an assistant vice president at Wells Fargo Advisors and Ben is a director at Warner Music Group. In attendance were Rachel’s Brown roommate Amy Miksis and her husband, Jeff Miksis.    

 

Jul, 2018
07

David Braslow (see Patricia Gerbarg ’71).

 

Jul, 2018
05

Michael Westbrook and his wife, Natalie, announce the Aug. 6 birth of their son Henry Fulton Westbrook. He joins his three older siblings Ava, John, and Colette.

 

Jul, 2018
05

Lindsey West and her husband, Michael, announce the Apr. 6 birth of their daughter, Corinne Heather Rollock.

 

Jul, 2018
05

Isabel Martinez and Elizabeth Martinez ’04 are first-time aunts to niece Victoria.
 

 

Jul, 2018
05
Literary Leadership
Writer and editor Emily Nemens ’05 takes the helm at the Paris Review
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Photo of Emily Nemens
Jul, 2018
05
Pondering the Palate
How everything from our environment to our mood impacts what goes on in our mouths
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Illustration of woman adding a lot of salt
Jul, 2018
05
Military Mentorship
A new veterans network aids students who’ve served during or before Brown
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Scott Quigley ’05, mentor, and  Davin Lewis ’19, mentee, after the commissioning ceremony.
Jul, 2018
04

Grace Cheung ’08 MD (see ’04).

 

Jul, 2018
04

Grace Cheung ’08 MD married Thomas Yu in Cape May, N.J. In attendance were Eugene Cha; Michael Chang ’02; Junarm Choi ’98, ’03 ScM; Melissa Choi ’09 MD; Teddy Youn ’02, ’09 MD; and John Kim ’01. Grace works as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s digital director, and Tom is an outpatient pharmacy manager at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago.

Jul, 2018
03

Joanne Moreno Sharma and her husband, AJ Sharma, announce the Dec. 26 birth of their second child, Raquel Victoria Sharma. Raquel joins big brother Michael.
 

 

Jul, 2018
02

Aaron Seider has been promoted to associate professor with tenure by the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. His research and teaching interests include Latin literature, constructions of memory in Roman culture, and gender in the ancient world and its modern reception.
 

 

Jul, 2018
02

Evan Parness was promoted to partner at DLA Piper LLP (U.S.), a global law firm. Evan is an employment attorney in DLA’s New York City office. His practice includes counseling employers on compliance with employment laws and regulations, and advising on the employment aspects of merger and acquisitions and other business transactions. He also litigates harassment, discrimination, and non-compete matters.

Jul, 2018
02

Rustam Metha writes: “In 2015 Tal Schori ’03 and I started GRT Architects, a small design firm in Brooklyn, New York. We’ve since grown our office staff to five and have completed several projects with Brown alumni, including Medium White Tee, an installation in Hawaii with Emily Spivack ’01; Don Angie, a contemporary Italian restaurant in New York City with Michael Stillman; and a townhouse for Rachael Bedard ’05 and Gideon Friedman ’05. We look forward to working with Marvin Barksdale on a redevelopment project in Providence.”

 

Jul, 2018
02

Jocelyn Chong was the women’s silver medalist at the 2017 USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championship held in Oklahoma City in September. The race consisted of a 1.5-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. Jocelyn was also named the national champion in her age group (female 35-39). This achievement follows her debut in iron-distance racing at the 2016 Ironman World Championship. When she’s not training, Jocelyn is an attorney for the Hawaii State Judiciary and spends time outdoors with her husband and dog.

Jul, 2018
00

Linda Xochitl Tortolero was named president and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Acción, the longest-standing Latina women’s organization in the nation, based in Chicago. She formally began her tenure on Sept. 18, 2017. Under Linda’s leadership, Mujeres Latinas en Acción will continue to advocate for and address the immediate needs facing Latina women and their families in the Chicagoland area and identify and implement effective solutions.

 

Jul, 2018
00

Jesse Rissman was selected as a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences for 2018. Jesse works as an assistant professor of psychology and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA.

Jul, 2018
00

Jamaica Maxwell and Nelson Mitchell welcomed Zora Eiko Maxwell Mitchell on Aug. 20, 2017. She joins big brother Enso, who started kindergarten in fall 2017.

Jul, 2018
00

Aimee Maxted Morin writes: “We welcomed our second child on a snowy Mother’s Day: May 10, 2015. Life has been full of fun since then, enjoying Colorado as a family of four. Stop by if you’re visiting the Rocky Mountain State.”

 

Jul, 2018
00

Madeline Miller ’01 AM started her tour for her new book, Circe, which included a stop at the Brown Bookstore in April. Her website is madelinemiller.com.

Jul, 2018
00
Catch a Wave
Jeff Zimbalist ’00 tracks Kelly Slater and his surfing buds from their Hawaii youth up into the pros
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Photo of Jeff Zimbalist
Jul, 2018
99

Elizabeth Mackie Raleigh published the monograph Selling Transracial Adoption: Families, Markets, and the Color Line. Liz was also tenured and promoted to associate professor of sociology at Carleton College.

 

Jul, 2018
99

Jessica U. Meir writes: “Having completed my initial NASA astronaut candidate training in 2015, I’m awaiting a mission to the International Space Station. Let me know if you find yourself in Houston.”
 

 

Jul, 2018
99

Aida Leisenring created and developed a TV docuseries, The Last Defense, which aired on ABC in June. The seven-episode show, which she executive produced with Academy Award winning actress and producer Viola Davis, reveals flaws in the criminal justice system by focusing on current Death Row inmates with compelling innocence claims.

 

Jul, 2018
98

Junarm Choi (see Grace Cheung ’04).

 

Jul, 2018
97

Allen Thomas continues to enjoy his work at the Pingry School, where he is a Spanish teacher and middle school academic dean. His daughter started kindergarten this year, and his wife is a nurse at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, N.J.

 

Jul, 2018
95

Sharmila Rao Thakkar writes: “I have relocated to New York City after living in Chicago for the past 17 years. It’s been a whirlwind transition year, and our family is at long last settling in and getting grounded. Building on the past few decades working in the philanthropy and nonprofit sector, I’ve started my own consulting practice. It provides coaching, writing, and planning services for diverse, new, and next-gen donors (individuals and families), foundations, and nonprofits to help them develop and strengthen their mission, operations, governance, communications, strategy, and grant-making. Drop me a line via linkedin.”

Jul, 2018
95

Miriam Rahav writes: “I am excited to share with my fellow Brownies my newest venture in creating change: I opened a multi-specialty functional/integrative medical center. We are making meaningful impacts on people living with irritable bowel syndrome and disease, autoimmunity hormone imbalances, and more. Check it out at (www.rahavwellness.com).”

 

Jul, 2018
95

Debi Cornwall returned to campus as a Fitt Artist-in-Residence to lead classes in the public humanities department and open an exhibition at the Carriage House Gallery. Her book, Welcome Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay, was released in 2017 by Radius Books.

 

Jul, 2018
95
Movement as Medicine
An alum finds new joy helping folks with Parkinson’s master the dance floor
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Jul, 2018
94

Randolph Eddy coauthored Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes, with Richard Clarke, published by HarperCollins.

 

Jul, 2018
94
Subjects Become Artists
What happens when the people photographed are invited to alter the images?
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Image of a photo collage done by one of Carolyn Drake's subjects.
Jul, 2018
93

Rebecca Schotland Wolsk is in Washington, D.C., and working in KPMG’s Washington National Tax practice as a tax knowledge management associate.

Jul, 2018
93

Sarah Mahoney Huard writes: “I am living in my hometown of Barrington, Rhode Island, and working as a realtor in Providence at Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty. I’ve been working with many Brown alums and faculty members as clients and loving the interaction of Brown, Rhode Island, and real estate. I’m also licensed in Massachusetts, so I have been working with many Massachusetts hockey connections as clients. I am raising two teenage hockey players, who both attend La Salle Academy in Providence, and I have two lab rescue dogs.”

Jul, 2018
93

Christy Harper writes: “My family and I moved to Morris County, New Jersey. It would be great to reconnect with classmates in the area.”

Jul, 2018
93

Andrew Borodach writes: “In 2016, my wife, Rachel Wolf (Barnard ’99), and I had our first child, Kira Ruth. We live in New York City. After a 15-year career as an international merger and acquisition lawyer (including at AIG during the 2008 financial crisis, where I oversaw the divestiture of AIG’s Asian assets), I am the head of AIG’s merger and acquisition integration separation office, overseeing all operational aspects of the company’s acquisitions and divestitures.”

 

Jul, 2018
93

Rudrani Banik opened a new private practice in New York City. She specializes in ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, and migraine. She is introducing a novel approach to chronic eye disease and headaches, which emphasizes nutrition and lifestyle changes. Visit her website at www.rudranibanikmd.com to learn more.

 

Jul, 2018
91

Susan Tenner writes: “I am the cofounder and executive director of the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS), an innovative diverse middle school focused on sustainability education. We’re looking for a diverse group of educators, fundraisers, and marketers for our board and staff. Fellow Bruin alums would be ideal. Please write me to raise your hand or just say hi.”

Jul, 2018
91

John Pijanowski has been living abroad in Kutaisi, Georgia, as a Fulbright scholar.

Jul, 2018
91

Grace Lo is the parent of Adrian Lee, class of 2021. She writes: “Helping my son move to Archibald reminded me of my freshman year in the same building. The dorms are nicer now, with modern kitchens and even a Ben & Jerry’s vending machine.”

 

Jul, 2018
91

Jean Gorman writes: “Last summer I was ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church. As a pastor and psychologist, I serve the 150-plus churches of the Pacific Southwest region as director of ministerial health, helping churches and vocational ministry.”

Jul, 2018
91

Douglas Feinstein (see David Feinstein ’64).

 

Jul, 2018
91
Dealmaking Doctor
The Executive Master Program helped this OB-GYN refine cancer care in Puerto Rico
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Dr. Pedro Escobar-Rodriguez
Jul, 2018
90

Gil Griffin writes: “After a few years of traveling back and forth to Australia for on-location reporting and research, I published Jumping at the Chance: From the Court to the Field, How NBA Hopefuls Are Changing Australian Rules Football (JABberwocky Literary Agency Inc.) The book tracks the individual journeys of four former NCAA Men’s Basketball players and two amateur sportswomen, attempting to become the first American-born and -bred athletes ever to play in the professional Australian Football League (AFL) or its sister competition, Australian Football League Women (AFLW). The Australian version of the book, Jumping at the Chance: From NBA Hopefuls to AFL Prospects: The Players of the American Experiment, was published in Australia in 2016, and both editions are available online. If you have never heard of the sport, the U.S. edition’s prologue features a complete explanation of the game, beginning with its subtitle: It’s Not Rugby.

Jul, 2018
89

James Williams was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the CFO role at the Department of Labor. The CFO works closely with the secretary and is responsible for the agency’s $12 billion budget and the financial statement audit. The CFO also works with the secretary and agency leadership on setting the agency’s overall strategic direction.

Jul, 2018
89

Carolyn Duby ’92 ScM is living in Westport, Mass., with her husband, David Swift, and children Abigail and Andrew. Carolyn is a solutions engineer at Hortonworks. Carolyn completed a data science specialization and is working in big data. She is also the chair of the Westport Cultural Council, where she advocates for the arts.

 

Jul, 2018
89

Ravi Chandra’s book Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks has won a Silver Nautilus Book Award in Religion/Spirituality of Eastern Thought. More details are available at facebuddha.co. Ravi’s long-form essay in support of gun control, Guns Are Not Our God! The NRA Is Not Our Church!, is also now available at online retailers.

 

Jul, 2018
89
Malaria Man
Seeking the vaccine for the world’s #1 child killer
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Dr. Jonathan Kurtis ’89, ’95 PhD, ’96 M.D.
Jul, 2018
89
A Miscarriage Clue
A researcher discovers the genes that may have caused the loss of her second pregnancy
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Photo of Marlena Schoenberg Fejzo in her lab at UCLA
Jul, 2018
88

Joshua Ravitz writes: “I moved to Israel 10 years ago with my family, practiced securities law at a big firm in Tel Aviv for 10 years, and moved to an in-house legal counsel position at Amdocs in Ra’anana.”

Jul, 2018
88
Reunion Skeptic No More
Brown culture transcends class year. On coming home
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Three friends in 1988
Jul, 2018
86

Susan McAuliffe Wiczynski writes: “I still have kids in elementary and middle school and occasionally wish I’d gotten an earlier start as my empty-nester friends flit about in Europe and the Caribbean. The public school fundraising machine got its hooks in me, and I’m in my sixth year shaking down the community for funds to pay for teachers and supplies that were free back in the ’70s. I also spend two days a week doing fundraising for the San Diego office of the International Rescue Committee. My husband and I started improv classes this year—super fun, and not quite as hard as it looks.”

 

Jul, 2018
86

Jim Turner writes: “Theresa Turner and I are now empty nesters. The two oldest graduated from Stonehill College. The younger twins Jillian Turner ’20 and Kelsey Turner ’20 both run on the cross-country and track teams.”

 

Jul, 2018
86

Daveed Frazier, a minimally invasive spine surgeon in New York City and New Jersey, had his second Tony nomination as a Broadway producer for Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. This is a rock opera based on 75 pages from War and Peace.

 

Jul, 2018
86

Steven Fern’s niece, Emily Winston ’20, and nephew, Benjamin Winston ’19, are enjoying Brown. Steven’s kids are both in high school (Maxwell is a senior and Samantha is a freshman). He writes that his plastic surgery practice is going well and life is good in Greenwich, Conn. There are many local Brown alums in the area and a very active Brown Club of Fairfield County.

 

Jul, 2018
86

Deborah Fletcher Blum writes: “I am making a documentary about my relative, Carl Laemmle, one of the founders of Universal Studios, who saved Jews from Nazi Germany, and would like to let Brown friends know about upcoming screenings in the next year or two. If you lived in the off-campus co-op Millhouse from fall 1983 to spring 1984 please contact me.”

Jul, 2018
85

Michael Weiss writes: “We are now empty-nesters. Our son, Henry, is a junior at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and our daughter, Greta, is a first year at Yale.”

 

Jul, 2018
85

David Weinrib and Elizabeth Wahls write that they had fun visiting College Hill last July on the way to Block Island. They thought the campus looked great and were glad to see a few favorites remain after 30-plus years—like the Cable Car Cinema.

 

Jul, 2018
85

Robert Cunningham writes: “My wife, Barbara Shinn-Cunningham ’86, will lead Carnegie Mellon University’s new Neuroscience Institute. As for me, I’ll be leaving MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory to work at CMU’s Software Engineering Institute and CMU’s CyLab. Thanks to Brown and its engineering faculty for our respective starts.”

 

Jul, 2018
84

Reid Norris Buckley invites any classmates who want a break by the water to be in touch. She is happy her daughter Kelly Buckley ’15 is back on the East Coast. She loves connecting with the D.C. classmates periodically, especially Patricia Langan.

 

Jul, 2018
84
The Human Trafficking Crisis
Students, faculty, and alums are finding innovative ways to combat it.
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Makini Chisolm-Straker ’05 MD ’09
Jul, 2018
83

Jeremy Gaies published a new book, A Clear and Easy Guide to Collaborative Divorce. He also cofounded Tampa Bay Collaborative Trainers, a training group that prepares professionals to help families transition through divorce in a peaceful, out-of-court manner. Jeremy writes: “I love working with families, but my favorite thing of all is spending time with my own family, including Lisa Kellstedt Gaies ’85, Sarah, and Talia.”

Jul, 2018
82

Tony Weisman writes: “After working in the advertising industry in Chicago since graduation, I’m thrilled to have made the jump to the client side as the chief marketing officer of Dunkin’ Brands. My wife, Tracy Brownell Weisman ’84, and I have relocated to Boston and are looking forward to reconnecting with East Coast friends. Our son, Michael Weisman ’18, graduated from Brown in May.”

 

Jul, 2018
82

Vicky Oliver writes: “It was fun to see so many classmates at our May 2017 reunion. The turnout was higher than it was for the past two reunions, part of the reason why the class of ’82 won the ‘Class of the Year’ award, a great honor. In my own news, I finally got my debut novel published.”

Jul, 2018
82

Conrad Herrmann writes: “I’ve moved. I am stilling living in the San Francisco Bay Area, doing a lot of nonprofit work these days. Happy to host any visitors passing through the area.”

 

Jul, 2018
81

Katherine J. Wheaton writes: “In May 2015, I graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (Baltimore), with my MSN. I completed a yearlong nurse residency at Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville, Maryland, and am a registered nurse in direct patient care. I love being a nurse, but the long shifts are admittedly difficult. My husband, Jeffrey Zalusky, and I travel as much as we can and visited Australia in February. We are able to check off diving and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef from our bucket list.”

 

Jul, 2018
81

Mary Frates was promoted to professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in July 2017. She is an assistant director of ultrasound in the department of radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is married to John Parziale ’79.

 

Jul, 2018
81

John Bauman writes: “I met up with my freshman roommate Rob Goldberg for the first time in more than 36 years over breakfast at Factor’s Deli in Los Angeles. As a grandpa twice over, he looks ridiculously young. I discovered I was having dinner next to a Kevin Kline look alike, Richard Wright ’82, whom I never knew at Brown but have subsequently become good friends with. My daughter Isabelle Bauman ’19 is still loving Brown.”

 

Jul, 2018
81
The Privacy Pro
An Internet law pioneer, she’s now a gatekeeper for personal data
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Illustration of Dominique Shelton holding binoculars
Jul, 2018
80

Richard Ellenbogen’s ’83 MD daughter Rachel L. Ellenbogen ’11, ’18 MD, graduated this year.

 

Jul, 2018
80

Diane E. Dresdale is a proud mother to Marielle (Ellie) Rogoff ’21. Diane writes: “Ellie is loving Brown. Go, Bears.”

Jul, 2018
80

Jacqueline B. Bechek was appointed the female board of trustees member of the BMW Car Club of America Foundation. The Foundation teaches teens safe driving, maintain BMW archives, and operates as a BMW Museum in Greenville, S.C.

Jul, 2018
79

Margaret E. Thomas completed the Providence CVS Downtown 5K for the ninth year in a row. She entered a new age group this year and finished 12th out of 77 women in the 60 to 69 group.

Jul, 2018
79

Ernie Renda and Louisa Schein live in Somerset, N.J. Louise began her 25th year as a professor at Rutgers Univ., with joint appointments in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies, after receiving her doctorate from UC Berkeley. Ernie, a graduate of Georgetown Law, has a solo law practice in Bridgewater, N.J. Their daughter, Sophia Schein Renda ’15, completed her master’s in education at the Univ. of Pennsylvania and teaches in the Philadelphia public schools. Their son, Ernesto Renda, Brown-RISD ’18, completed the joint program and is a past student head of the Brown Arts Initiative.

Jul, 2018
79

Orlando Kirton writes that he has been surgeon-in-chief and chairman of the general surgery division at Abington Hospital–Jefferson Health in Abington, Pa.; vice chairman of the Jefferson Health enterprise; and professor of surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson Univ. in Philadelphia.

 

Jul, 2018
79

Jeanne McCulloch is publishing a memoir, All Happy Families, this August. This is her first book after a lifetime on the other side of the desk as an editor at the Paris Review and Tin House.

Jul, 2018
78

Stephen and Karen Carter Owens write that Steve is president of the class of ’78 and also serves as president of the Brown Association of Class Leaders and on the Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors. Karen is a partner with Coppersmith Brockelman PLC in Phoenix, practicing health care law. Steve is a partner with Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, also in Phoenix. Their younger son, Benjamin N. Owens ’17, is working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Their older son, John C. Owens (Tulane ’10), is a research analyst with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and a graduate student at Arizona State Univ. 

Jul, 2018
78
State of the Nation
A crowded forum featured DNC chair Tom Perez ’83
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Tahesha Way ’93 at the Commencement forum "Our Politics, Our Future."
Jul, 2018
78
Head in the Stars 
A pioneer for women studying space reaches out to a new generation
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Photo of Ellen Stofan ’85 ScM, ’89 PhD
Jul, 2018
77

Thomas Wilmot (see Lissette Jimenez ’13).

Jul, 2018
77

James Aguiar was recognized in June 2017 by the Exelon Corporation for his fundraising efforts for Special Olympics Illinois, granting the organization $10,000. He is captain of the Polar Plunge team, Ice-A-Topes for Cami. The team is named for his Special Olympian granddaughter, a childhood stroke survivor. He plunged as an individual in 2012 and the team has been plunging since 2013, raising over $80,000 over the past six years.

 

Jul, 2018
76

Deborah Good Miller writes that she is enjoying family, friends, and promoting Brookline, Mass., for notable shops, destination dining, and good entertainment. 

 

Jul, 2018
76

Felix Alberto Granados has self-published his first book, Refugee: An American Story, available at Lulu.com. It is a fast-paced and entertaining autobiography about his family’s lives in America when they were forced to leave Cuba in 1960 after Fidel Castro took control of the country. It has a chapter about his four years at Brown as a student and captain of the soccer team, which won three consecutive Ivy League titles and finished ranked third in the country. He has a 37-year-old son and a 27-year-old daughter who both work for his real estate development company in Florida. He has homes in Florida, Maui, and Oregon and spends his time working, windsurfing, and exploring new adventures.

Jul, 2018
76

Maria Defino Whitsett writes: “It’s been a year of transitions for us. I retired from educational consulting and policy work; one son graduated from college last year and now lives and works in San Antonio; and our other son entered the U.S. Army. Hayden and I are readjusting to this flexibility. Fun stuff.”

Jul, 2018
76

Alice Drueding was one of two honor laureates and judges for the 20th International Invitational Poster Exhibition held at Colorado State Univ. in Fort Collins, Colo. Her work was on exhibit in the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art from Sept. to Nov. 2017.

 

Jul, 2018
76

Max Crittenden writes: “I retired in October after 38 years as a mechanical design engineer at SRI International. My wife, Rebecca Alzofon, and I have moved from the Bay Area to Borrego Springs, California. I’m learning to tell jumping chollas from teddy bear chollas, quartzite from marble, and every sunrise is a light show better than The Fillmore in the ’60s.”

Jul, 2018
76

Jeffry Canin is enjoying life in the Seattle area since 1995. He is engaged in university technology commercialization and clean tech venture investing.

Jul, 2018
76

Tracy Barrett released her newest novel, Freefall Summer, a young adult coming-of-age story. She has written more than 20 books for children and young adults, including nonfiction, historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth, fairytale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels. She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers and won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005.

Jul, 2018
75

Tom Childs (see Kay Berthold Frishman ’65).

Jul, 2018
74

Stanley Spinola is the chair of microbiology and immunology at the Indiana Univ. School of Medicine (IUSM) in Indianapolis. He has been at IUSM for 25 years and was the director of the division of infectious diseases before taking his current position. His research centers on how bacteria causes disease. He was the recipient of the IUSM 2017 Basic Science Excellence in Faculty Mentoring award.

Jul, 2018
74

Neil Kiely is director of institutional advancement for St. Luke’s School in Barrington, R.I.

Jul, 2018
74

Steven Kalter writes: “I am still working as a hematologist and oncologist in San Antonio—32 years with the same group, South Texas Oncology and Hematology. I have been with my wife, Karen, for 32 years, and my son, Benjamin is 22 years old, and a college graduate. He was not interested in a medical career as he was an economics major. My hobbies include freshwater fishing and driving around our ranch property enjoying wildlife. As an oncologist, I’m not a hunter.”

Jul, 2018
74

Rick Irving still works as a social worker and is now a grandfather, with a second grandchild on the way.

Jul, 2018
74

Susan Buffum has retired and relocated from the Northeast to the red rocks of Sedona, Ariz. She writes: “I haven’t missed the business world yet. I’m hiking, playing lots of golf, volunteering, and enjoying the great outdoors here. Life is good. Let me know if you are in the area.”

Jul, 2018
74

Tanya Brown moved to Ithaca, N.Y., last year to join the NYS Unified Court System. She writes: “Beautiful city with 13 natural waterfalls, two colleges, and lots going on all the time. I like it very much in spite of the winters. It’s especially rough because Ithaca is built like a bowl, so you’re always going up or down a hill. Regards and best wishes to everyone.”

 

Jul, 2018
72

Stephen Raney has a new website called The Guardian of Earth (stephenaraney.wixsite.com/website). He has thus far posted four works, including two installments of a series on surveillance and control.

 

Jul, 2018
72

J. B. Doherty (see Kay Berthold Frishman ’65).

Jul, 2018
71

Richard Martin writes: “In December 2015, I retired as a partner at the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe law firm in New York City, and joined Deloitte Global the following day as deputy general counsel. I am responsible for monitoring civil, regulatory, and criminal claims against all Deloitte member firms outside the United States. After 26 years in private practice and 10 years as a federal prosecutor, the new job is highly stimulatory and very invigorating.” 

Jul, 2018
71

Mark Halliday’s ’76 AM seventh book of poems, Losers Dream On, was published in February by the University of Chicago Press. He is a distinguished professor of literature and creative writing at Ohio Univ., where he has taught since 1996.

Jul, 2018
71

Patricia Gerbarg and her husband, Richard Brown, announce the birth of their first grandchild, Brianne, born to their son, David Braslow ’07 and his wife, Kathleen. They continue to train breath-body-mind teachers who have brought the healing breath practices to thousands of survivors of war and genocide in South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, and other countries.

 

Jul, 2018
71

Laura Geller writes: “I am now Rabbi Emerita of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. My encore career focuses on engaging boomers like me with the Jewish Community. I am a cofounder of Chai Village LA, the first synagogue-based village (part of the National Village to Village Movement). I was named as an ‘Influencer in Aging for 2017’ by Next Avenue.”

 

Jul, 2018
71

Frederick David writes: “I am still a practicing radiation oncologist in Santa Rosa, California, where I have enjoyed the wines, biking, and good friends for more than three years. Our daughter, Laura, opened her dental practice in Santa Rosa. Our son, Bryan David ’11, started his master’s program at Duke University in environmental studies. Susan and I are starting to travel more and I still get away for a week of heli-skiing in Canada every winter. If you are visiting the wine country let me know.”

Jul, 2018
70

Sarah Sager began her 38th year as the cantor of Fairmount Temple in Cleveland, Ohio. She simultaneously welcomed her first grandchild, Fred Sager Hartman.

Jul, 2018
69
Breaking Down the Binary
Male? Female? How about neither, both, or something else entirely?
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Portrait of Dréya St. Clair ‘05 and Kate Bornstein ’69
Jul, 2018
69

Walter Woerheide writes: “After serving as a professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago for 10 years, the University of Michigan-Flint for six years, Rochester Institute of Technology for 11 years, and the American College of Financial Services for 17 years, I retired on Good Friday of this year. I look forward to developing new interests and engaging in new activities.”

Jul, 2018
69

For the last 13 years Linda Brown Wilson has been living in the Hilton Head, S.C., area and teaching psychology at the Univ. of South Carolina Beaufort. She writes: “I am getting ready to retire finally this year. Then I hope to improve my golf game and enjoy life in the ‘Low Country.’”

Jul, 2018
69

Classmates Robert Dorin, Harlan Hurwitz, and David Parker celebrated at Harlan’s daughter’s wedding in Marble Falls, Tex. Robert writes: “Appetites were whetted for the big 50 in 2019.”

 

Jul, 2018
69

The 50th reunion is less than a year away. The reunion committee, composed of class officers Linda Antonucci, Richard Blackman, Liz Holochwost, Joe Petteruti, and Bob Sherman, and classmates Kathryn Au; Thelma Austin; Guillermo Bahamon; Kate Bornstein; Les Corwin; Phyllis Cunningham-Hutson; Mike D’Ambra; Ido Jamar ’74 ScM, ’77 PhD; Ira Magaziner; Ken McDaniel; Jim Northrop; and Scott Somers, is working hard to organize a memorable event.

Jul, 2018
69
Pope Addict
David Kertzer ’69 has attracted Steven Spielberg with his sagas of papal drama
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Photo of David Kertzer ’69
Jul, 2018
68

Judy Drazen Schretter and Stanley Schretter ’65 went with Brown Travelers last August to Churchill, north of Manitoba, to see polar bears and beluga whales. As an added bonus, the Northern Lights were visible while they were in Churchill.

Jul, 2018
68

Richard Narva is founder and senior advisor at Narva & Company LLC. He has been advising family shareholder control groups and the businesses and other enterprises that they control for more than 30 years. He was partner at The Roseview Group following more than two decades of family business consultation as principal and cofounder of Genus Resources Inc. He is the author and editor of publications on subjects related to family-controlled enterprises, including Family Enterprises: How to Build Growth, Family Control, and Family Harmony and Sustaining Family Enterprise: Meeting the Challenges of Continuity, Control, and Competitiveness. His articles have appeared in Directors Monthly, a publication of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and The International Family Offices Journal, among other publications. He was for many years a contributing editor of Family Business Magazine. He is also a fellow of the Family Firm Institute.

Jul, 2018
68
A Diversity Milestone
The 2018 Black Alumni Reunion
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Brown students during the black student walkout in 1968
Jul, 2018
67

Bruce McIntosh visited the College for Creative Studies in Detroit to conduct a workshop for students in the Interactive Design master’s program that explored documentation strategies for their project recreating cybernetics guru Gordon Pask’s Colloquy of Mobiles. Bruce is a mentor for this project. While there, he also conducted a seminar for the Art Education Department. He writes that he “finds it rewarding to continue to be involved with students and learni

Jul, 2018
67

Michael Joseloff writes: “I am now retired from a career as a television news and documentary producer and have published my first book, Chasing Heisenberg: The Race for the Atom Bomb. I became interested in the subject around 30 years ago when I produced a story about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the ‘father of the atom bomb,’ for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on PBS. In the years that followed, researching the history of the bomb and the competition between Allied and German scientists to build it first became a sort of hobby. Retirement afforded me the time to write, but it was a 1939 photograph of scientists at a University of Michigan physics symposium, taken a month before the launch of World War II, that gave me the one thing I lacked: a compelling, untold narrative that would breathe new life into an old story. My book is available on Amazon.”

        

Jul, 2018
65

Lee Smith is living on a small lake in the western mountains of Maine, skiing and teaching cello. She writes: “Although one of my goals is to avoid meetings, I am involved in a community arts council. The council would love to have visitors, especially if you enjoy the outdoors.” Her second grandson, Stefan Korfmacher ’21, is a freshman at Brown.

 

Jul, 2018
65

Kay Berthold Frishman writes: “I am busy and happily retired. Life goes along way too fast. Ron and I spent the month of February in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We also recently met up with David Brody ’64, Tom Childs ’75, and J. B. Doherty ’72.”

Jul, 2018
65

Terri Alschuler Hale writes: “Ten members of the class were able to get together for a wonderful time of discussions and memories. We hope to be able to arrange more gatherings between reunions. In attendance were Zulette Masson Catir, Caroline Considine, Jenny Hassel Green, Terri Alschuler Hale, Jane Fiske Harrison, Lyle Eckweiler Lawrence, Elizabeth Glass Loggia, Toby Parker London, Jo Marchetti, and Lila Wolff Wilkinson.”

 

Jul, 2018
64

David Feinstein writes: “It’s been a few years. I have three sons: Daniel Feinstein, Douglas Feinstein ’91, and Joel Feinstein. After my PhD from Stanford in 1967, I spent four years in Buffalo, then 10 years in northern Wisconsin at a small state university (River Falls). In 1980, we moved to Mobile, Alabama, to the University of South Alabama. When I turned 55 in 1997 I decided to start over and remarried a young Chinese woman. We had two children: Joseph in 1999 and the only girl, Esther, in 2002. Joseph will be a freshman at Brown this fall, joining the class of ’22. He will follow his father and his brother, Douglas. It will be good to have my family back on the Brown campus. Now we have to wait two years to find out where Esther lands. At 76 I am finally out of the creation business so there is a chance there will be no more Feinsteins for another generation going to the top of the Hill.”

 

Jul, 2018
63

Dale Perelman and the History Press have published Road to Rust: The Disintegration of the Steel Industry in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. Dale writes: “This is the second book in a series highlighting the struggle for unionism by William Z. Foster, Samuel Gompers, and John L. Lewis, who faced strong management opposition under men like Judge Elbert Gary of U.S. Steel and Tom Girdler of Republic Steel. Tensions exploded in a series of violent and often fatal strikes until the Steel Workers Organizing Committee succeeded in obtaining a contract in 1937. The rest of the story catalogs the slow death of the steel industry in most of the small towns in the region.” In addition to Road to Rust, Perelman has written several histories, including Mountain of Light, The Regent, Centenarians, and Steel. He also coauthored The Scottish Rite Cathedral of New Castle with Rob Cummings.

Jul, 2018
63

Brooke Kruger Lipsitt (see Paul Lipsitt ’50).

 

Jul, 2018
63

Hal Barwood published his fifth novel, Happenstance, wherein a gambler uncovers a scheme to perpetrate election fraud in Reno, Nevada. Find out more at www.finitearts.com and page 36.

Jul, 2018
62

Stephen Sandell writes: “It might sound a little crazy, but I’m running as a first-time candidate for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. This is a bright red district and I’m running as the endorsed Democrat, but I’m serious about the issues, optimistic about the outcome, and I won’t be out-worked. You can follow the campaign at www.sandell53b.com.”

Jul, 2018
62

Ernest Lampe writes: “I have retired from the operating room but continue an active outpatient practice. I am also the medical consultant for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Last summer we took a long voyage through the Baltic to St. Petersburg, Russia, and I selected a coffee cup souvenir from the official Russian government souvenir shops. I did not take the one with Putin with his shirt off.”

        

Jul, 2018
62

Barbara Feit Nair and her husband, Gopinath Nair, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 28, 2017. She is retired and they live in Silver Spring, Md.

Jul, 2018
62

Carol Tarlin Harrington of Washington has been named a featured artist for Wearable Art for the 2018 show of a local guild. In retirement, she teaches couture knitting and garment design and embellishment. 

Jul, 2018
62

Marion Otis Barnes of Florida writes: “We weathered a direct hit of Hurricane Irma but all were safe. We were marooned in the Green Swamp for 10 days. There were 18 evacuees for the duration. We are so fortunate to have health and strength.” 

Jul, 2018
61

Grace Smith writes: “Our granddaughter was born Dec. 31. She will keep her brother busy, as he believes he is the boss.”

Jul, 2018
61

Arthur Solomon writes: “I’ve shifted most of my time to two nonprofit organizations and am vice chairman of both Trinity Repertory Company in Providence and Osher Lifelong Learning at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, Florida. I also remain active in minor league baseball with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays affiliate) and the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies affiliate).”

Jul, 2018
61

Jane Little Parpart writes: “I am delighted to be semi-retired in Ottawa, near my daughters and grandchildren, and also to be an adjunct professor at Carleton Univ. and the University of Ottawa. I continue to work on gender and development with a focus on Africa and the global south. Life is full, and I am enjoying it to the max.”

Jul, 2018
61

Hal Chorney moved to 8732 Via Prestigio East, Wellington, Fla. to be with his childhood sweetheart, Rachel G. Kaufman.

Jul, 2018
60

Tom Rollinson traveled from his home in New Mexico to visit his brother, George Rollinson ’57, and his wife, Judy, in their new home in North Kingstown, R.I. On his return journey Tom visited classmate Jef Fall at his home in New York City.

Jul, 2018
60

Michael Hittle writes: “In retirement I have turned my historical attention from Russia to Wisconsin, and the result is An Accidental Jewel: Wisconsin’s Turtle-Flambeau Flowage (Little Creek Press, 2018). Part environmental history and part social history of Wisconsin’s northern woods, this book tells the story of a storage reservoir, constructed in 1926 for the purpose of downstream power generation, that evolved into a semi-wilderness body of water that has drawn anglers, campers, nature watchers, and scientists from around the country. That project completed, I led a group of intellectually vigorous seniors through a speed course on the history of Russia.”

Jul, 2018
60

Carolyn Curran writes: “If health holds out, I’m getting back in the world of miniature pottery this year. I am participating in a local pottery show and the BadAss Miniatures exhibit at YoHo Artists Open Studio Event in Yonkers, N.Y., through July 22. After an absence of 15 years I’ll also be participating once again in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA) show at Hartford-Windsor Marriott in Connecticut (Sept. 18-23). I am having great fun doing research on ancient pottery and have built miniature kilns for firing Greek and Roman pottery. I am amazed at the research material and images available on the Internet now; it is much easier to find info than in the olden days, although books are still my passion. This summer I get my wish of a week’s family gathering for my 80th birthday: three sons and their wives and kids. Life is good despite creaks and groans and the passing of my best pal and spouse, Tom, eight years ago. Last year freshman roommate Ann Erpenback Bottelli and her husband came to visit here in New Bern, and I wish others would find their way here as well.”

Jul, 2018
59

Richard Grenier retired in 1995 after three years with Pennsylvania Power & Light in Allentown, Pa., and 33 years with Corning Inc., working out of his home in the Philadelphia area. He has been a widower since 2007, and has three children and eight grandchildren, all nearby. He has a summer home in Avalon, N.J.

Jul, 2018
58

Judith Ann Perlin writes from Berkeley, Calif., that she still goes “dancing to the old-time jazz of the ’20s and ’30s, albeit much more slowly and creakily than in days of yore.” She lives in gratitude for her great good fortune to be living in her comfortable home, in a town she loves, with good friends, family, and lots of enjoyable things to do nearby.

Jul, 2018
58

Don MacKenzie describes himself as “more or less retired.” He attends a few board meetings each month and calls it work. He has also retired from the job as the Acton, Mass., Town Moderator after 40 years and 40 elections.

Jul, 2018
58

For the last two and a half years, Jane Fliegner Blythe has been involved in active work to save a parcel of land from development by working with the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, helping to raise money to buy the land from a developer and to significantly lower the taxes of persons currently living in the proposed tax district.

 

Jul, 2018
57

Maryann Filson Smith writes: “I enjoy using our Bowen Island guesthouse and bunkhouse to host Brown alums during September and June, saving July and August for our large family.”

Jul, 2018
57

Jean MacGregor Simon and her husband, Jack, announce the Feb. 16 birth of their sixth grandchild, Aidan Allen Simon.

Jul, 2018
57

George Rollinson and wife Judy have been enjoying their return to Rhode Island for the past two years. They are in North Kingstown, 1,500 miles closer to their four sons and their families. They are becoming active in church and the Military Officers Association of America and are taking classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at URI and the local senior center.

Jul, 2018
57

Harvey Reback is semi-retired but still working part-time as a medical director of a nursing home.

Jul, 2018
57

E. Thomas Jones writes that he is “excited about the next four years of Brown football. The son of close friends in California, Austin Whitsett, has chosen Brown over a number of major colleges. He was the running back on the high school state championship team this past season.” He adds: “While searching for military caps as Xmas gifts for my deceased brother’s two sons, I found that my Sigma Nu fraternity brother Ron Harrison ’59 was based on the same carrier as my brother, who was JFK’s Marine One chopper pilot.”

 

Jul, 2018
57

Marilyn Tarasiewicz Erickson writes: “I’m looking forward to a week at Topsail Island, North Carolina, with our five sons, their spouses, and five grandchildren, including Phoebe Erickson ’17, and 10 days at the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Chamber Music Festival.”

Jul, 2018
56

Nancy W. Maker ’56, of Manchester Center, Vt., formerly of Wrentham, Mass.; Feb. 11. She taught kindergarten and worked as a unit coordinator in the ICU of Massachusetts General Hospital. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and enjoyed creative writing and reading. She is survived by a sister, a nephew, and many cousins.
 

 

Jul, 2018
55

Bud Brooks met up with Patrick Petteruti ’21 during a Brown baseball game in Dallas. Bud was a right-handed pitcher from Brown, and Patrick is currently a lefty for the team.

Jul, 2018
54

Chester Kisiel is living in Gdansk, Poland. Visit his blog, drchetadamsforum.com. He published a novel titled Deadly Icons: Azrael Harvests Art Thieves, available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C5335LG. He writes: “The story is about a young detective who goes to Cyprus to find a killer and a precious stolen icon. He enters a world of villainy, has to fight for his life, and embarks upon a spiritual journey in the place where Christianity got its start in this thriller that asks the big existential questions.”

Jul, 2018
54

Annette Winter Ball Bottum writes: “I’m happily retired from full-time environmental scientist work for the State of Indiana. This summer I will grow some vegetables, fruit, and flowers; tend to the grass; do some bird watching; and feed the goldfish in my outdoor ponds. Sometimes I will take my coffee out to the shade of the garden gazebo or entertain the neighbor’s cat, or just enjoy the pages of an interesting book."

Jul, 2018
52

Richard Bennett Walsh and Janet Colby Walsh ’53 wrote a book for children, A View of the Zoo, that was donated to the St. Louis Zoo as a fund raiser and sold very well. Janet did the drawings and they went to a book signing before Christmas at the zoo. They had fun and sold many books to raise money for the zoo. They have lived in St. Louis for close to 30 years since Dick retired, near all of their children and most of their grandchildren.

Jul, 2018
52

Russell Preble Jr. is still working as a Washington, D.C., city guide. He writes: “I’m enjoying everything Washington, D.C., has to offer except the traffic.”

Jul, 2018
52

John Grainger’s wife, Grace, died in 2015, and he is living in a retirement facility in Southbury, Conn. He writes that he tries to stay active.

Jul, 2018
52

Marylynn Monk Boris moved to her son’s home in Florida after the death of her 29-year companion, Peter, and is enjoying getting to know her three grandchildren better. Her other two grandchildren live in Massachusetts. She plans to spend summers in Massachusetts or New Hampshire. She misses New England but says the sun is a pleasure.

Jul, 2018
51

Constance Hunt Del Gizzi has been living in an apartment at Linden Ponds (Mass.) for two years. She writes that there are all kinds of activities and interest groups, and it accommodates assisted living residents.

Jul, 2018
51

Michael Cantwell published his 10th novel, The Black Hole Express. It is the story of two young physicists who escape the cruelties of their planet’s ruler by unleashing the energies of a Black Hole that takes them to New York City in the early 21st century. When he was a student at Brown, he was coeditor with Hillary Masters ’52 of Brunonia, the literary magazine. 

Jul, 2018
50

Paul and Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63 became proud grandparents on Aug. 22, 2017, with the birth of their grandson, Zachary Joseph Gregorian. Zachary is the son of their daughter Sarah and her husband, Oshin Gregorian.

Jul, 2018
49

Judge Phyllis Whitman Beck has been reappointed to the Ethics Board of the City of Philadelphia.

Jul, 2018
43
Road Trip
A Class of ’43 grad gets a lift to reunion from a fellow Mainer, Class of ’68
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Photo of Bob Traill ’43 and Judy Andrews Green ’68 in front of a car.
Jul, 2018
The Aging Crisis
Can we get ready for a surge in the need for eldercare, before it’s too late?
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Illustration of elderly couple
Jul, 2018
Woman of Letters
Philosophy professor Felicia Nimue Ackerman writes to editors. A lot.
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Photo of professor Felicia Nimue Ackerman in her office.
May, 2018
MS

Stuart Merl ’78 MD (see ’75).

May, 2018
GS
Catherine Gody Wolf ’72 AM, ’74 PhD
“Who says there’s no fun in ALS?”
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May, 2018
GS

Raphael Diaz ’02 AM exhibited at the Watson Institute at Brown on Mar. 8. His art is available to view at www.raphaeldiaz.com. 

May, 2018
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Chris Gray Faust ’99 AM was promoted to managing editor of Cruise Critic. The website, part of TripAdvisor, is the world’s largest cruise news and information site, with offices in the United States, the U.K., and Australia. An award-winning travel writer and speaker, Chris has been working at Cruise Critic for five years and lives in Yardley, Pa., with her husband, Don Faust.

May, 2018
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Andrew Flescher ’95 AM, ’00 PhD, published his fourth book, The Organ Shortage Crisis in America, with Georgetown Univ. Press.

May, 2018
GS

Naomi Das Neufeld Flagg ’71 MMSc (see ’69).

May, 2018
GS

Stuart Horn ’70 ScM (see Sally Kusnitz Horn ’68).

May, 2018
GS

Christopher B. Kende ’70 AM (see ’70).

May, 2018
GS

Judith Ginsberg ’68 AM (see Sally Kusnitz Horn ’68).

May, 2018
GS

Bill Feinberg ’66 AM, ’73 PhD (see Norby Fleisig ’61).

May, 2018
GS

Harvey Switzky ’65 ScM, ’70 PhD (see Lynne Tanenbaum Switzky ’64).

May, 2018
GS

Susan Kamer Davis ’64 MAT (see’62).

May, 2018
GS

Eugene R. Bouley ’63 MAT (see ’61)

May, 2018
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Arthur Levin ’62 AM (see ’59).

May, 2018
21
Don’t Sit, Walk.
Snow boots and solidarity
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Students on the main green in the snow.
May, 2018
21
Don’t Sit, Walk.
Brown joins the National School Walkout against gun violence.
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Photo of students protesting with a walkout on campus.
May, 2018
20
Make Art
Brown-Trinity Rep MFA programs receive full tuition scholarships in the 2018-2019 academic year.
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Tatyana-Marie Carlo ’20
May, 2018
18
The Donut Queen
Rachael Cholak ’18
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Photo of Rachael Cholak ’18 wearing a dress printed with donuts, in front of a large sculpture shaped like a donut.
May, 2018
18
Snapshot
These exceptional members of the Class of 2018 have already made an impact on their world—and ours.
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May, 2018
17
Control Issues
Coursework and research look at how to build better robots—and how to make sure they don’t take over.
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Illustration of robot and human hands
May, 2018
16

Emily Maenner (see Richard Bower ’56).

May, 2018
14

Samantha Gay earned second place in The American Prize in Vocal Performance 2017-18—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, in the women’s community art song & oratorio division.

May, 2018
11
Need Work Space?
Head to an empty-by-day restaurant.
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Photo of Chris Smothers ’11
May, 2018
11

Rita Bullwinkel published her fourth book, Belly Up. Rita took three creative writing classes at Brown, all with Professor Joanna Howard, with whom she read at Ada Books in Providence on May 12.

 

May, 2018
08

Julia Winter and her husband, Ben, announce the Feb. 10  birth of their son, Samuel Franklin Winter, in Louisville, Ky., where Julia is a third-year dental student and Ben works in management at a dental company. Sam joins big sister Louise and looks forward to his first trip to Providence.

May, 2018
08

Andrés Acebo became  a partner on Jan. 22, at the New Jersey law firm DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin LLP.

 

May, 2018
06

Cary Trainor and her husband, Matt Sickler, welcomed their first child, Ethan James, on Aug. 13 in Chicago.

May, 2018
05

Rob Sand is running for Iowa State Auditor. 

May, 2018
04

Dan McElligott and his wife, Olma Fuentes, announce the Dec. 30 birth of their daughter, Denise Marisol McElligott. The family lives in West Caldwell, N.J.

May, 2018
04

Alexandra Fribourg published The Blind in September.

May, 2018
04

Alina Engelman lives in Berkeley, Calif., and is an assistant professor of health sciences at California State Univ., East Bay. Michael Stanton ’02 joined the same program in 2016.

May, 2018
03

At a Dec. 5 awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Kevin Khasigian, an assistant U.S. attorney in Sacramento, Calif., received an Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award for his participation in dismantling AlphaBay, the largest dark web illegal marketplace in the world, with 200,000 users, 20,000 vendors, and hundreds of thousands of listings that included drugs, weapons, and other illegal materials. Through a lengthy and complex investigation involving numerous foreign countries, the team successfully identified and arrested the founder of AlphaBay and seized tens of millions of dollars in criminal proceeds, including large amounts of cryptocurrency. Kevin remains close with many of his classmates. 

May, 2018
01
Here Comes the Son
The first solo album from Dhani Harrison ’01 is “an introspective trip.”
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Image of Dhani Harrison ’01 in a black suit and white shirt, face partially obscured behind bright red flowers.
May, 2018
99
Letting Go
Four tips on overcoming social anxiety
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photo of Ellen Hendriksen ’99 recording a podcast
May, 2018
99

Elizabeth Mackie Raleigh published Selling Transracial Adoption: Families, Markets, and the Color Line, with Temple Univ. Press in 2017. She is a tenured associate professor of sociology at Carleton College. 

May, 2018
99

Aida Leisenring was made partner at Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon LLP in New York City and Long Island, which specializes in criminal defense, civil rights, appeals, and commercial litigation. She works predominantly in criminal defense and will be leading the Manhattan practice.

May, 2018
99

Pamela Neufeld Collinghood (see Naomi Das Neufeld Flagg ’69).

May, 2018
98
Mike and Mike
Michael Mancuso ’98 and Michael Rubin ’00 have called more than 700 sporting events for Brown Athletics.
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Photo of Mike and Mike, sportscasters.
May, 2018
98

 Ingrid Ahlgren writes: “In October, my husband, Alexander Liu, and I relocated from New York City back to Rhode Island with our two daughters Annika, 6, and Isabella, 19 months. Alex has taken a new job which brings us to the Providence area, while I continue to work remotely as a writer and editor for a travel company. We’re excited to be back.”

May, 2018
97

Ian Maisel accepted a position as a senior designer for Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. in early 2017. Ian specializes in C-level presentation design and 4k video production for large-scale video walls in commercial technology and life science buildings. He directed his first San Francisco Bay Area commercial real estate photo shoot. View Ian’s portfolio of design and illustration work for Bare Minerals, TED, Autodesk, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab at ianmaisel.com.

May, 2018
97

Kristin Williams Fiori (see Don and Geraldine Lemoi Williams ’70).

May, 2018
96

Nick Fiori and Scott E. Williams (see Don and Geraldine Lemoi Williams ’70).

May, 2018
95

Shani M. King published the children’s book Have I Ever Told You? in December.

 

May, 2018
94

Karen Loggia (see Elizabeth Glass Loggia ’65).

 

May, 2018
94

Licity Collins announces the release of her debut album, One Girl Town. Licity writes: “Deeply rooted in folk foundations overlaid with classic rock bravado, the album is intimate yet rocks. The record was a journey in the making, with the final remixing happening while evacuating to three different locations during the Thomas Fire in California. It all came together with the help of tremendous musicians who play with titans of folk and rock. Layered with raw vocal and candid lyrics, One Girl Town is a vivid, heart-wrenching adventure with a vintage vibe. Listen at licitycollins.com.”

May, 2018
93

Eric M. Graban has been preoccupied with Quarry Bio (quarrybio.com), which performs high-resolution protein analysis for drug discovery, working eventually toward greener and less costly drug solutions for autoimmune disorders. Tarez Samra Graban is associate professor of English at Florida State Univ. and has been preoccupied from 2015 to 2018 with transnational archival research related to her courtesy fellowship at the Univ. of South Africa in Pretoria. They hope any/all alumni traveling through the southeast will look them up in Tallahassee, Fla.

May, 2018
92

Stephanie Bell Blondell and her husband, Brian Blondell, welcomed their first child, Lilabell J. Blondell, on Aug. 26. She writes: “Mom and dad have been forever changed.”

May, 2018
91

Pete Beeman writes that he had a very Brown weekend seeing old friends Sarah Preston Schrott, Dave Schrott, Jen Gregory ’89, Gavriel Rosenfeld ’89, and Erika Banks ’89. “My wife, Page Fortna, and I live in New York City and Portland, Oregon, with our two daughters. Rosie and Linden. In Portland we see the Schrotts and the mighty David Bermudez ’89 regularly. Check out Bermi’s incredible Bend Science Station in central Oregon http://www.bendsciencestation.com/. I spend my time designing and building large-scale public art projects around the country and in Taiwan. See my work at www.petebeeman.com.”

 

May, 2018
91

Scott and Samantha Garbers Adams are  very assured that two alums they knew at Brown are looking after Scott’s dad. His dad recently had ankle surgery performed by Dr. Daniel Quinn and his dad’s internist is classmate Dr. Doug Gronda ’92. Scott and Sam cannot thank them enough for taking such good care of Scott’s father.

 

May, 2018
91
Can We Kill HIV?
Working on it—with tools ranging from microbicides to dating apps.
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Susan Cu-Uvin MD looking into a microscope in a lab.
May, 2018
90
Winning Formula
A group of alums is trying to inspire uncommon success in public education.
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Illustration of a young man spraypainting an "A" on a wall, looking through a plate glass window at a seemingly identical young man in a cap and gown, holding up a diploma, with an "A+" seen on a whiteboard.
May, 2018
90
Fight Club
Covering ultimate fighters and really cute dogs
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photo of Karyn Bryant ’90 covering UFC International Fight Week, 2017
May, 2018
88

Kang Sun is currently a CEO of Amprius Inc., his third renewable energy company, which has operating subsidies in California, China, and Germany. Prior to Amprius, he built two solar businesses, JA Solar Co. Ltd. and RayTracker Inc. (acquired by First Solar in 2011).

May, 2018
88

Benjamin Hall writes: “Last June, after 11 years of freelance copywriting, I took the job of senior content producer at Suffolk Univ. in downtown Boston. As the chief storyteller for Suffolk’s Sawyer Business School, it’s been great to combine my academic and communications backgrounds.”

 

May, 2018
88

On behalf of the Class of ’88 Reunion Committee, we’re incredibly excited at the prospect of seeing you back in Providence the weekend of May 25-27.  The weekend promises to be an incredible chance to reconnect, relive and remember some unforgettable Brown experiences. Check out our Facebook page and website for last minute details AND if you haven’t registered...come do it onsite.

 

May, 2018
88
Two Alums Win Pulitzer
James Forman Jr. ’88 and Andrew Sean Greer ’92 took nonfiction and fiction
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Illustration of Andrew Sean Greer ’92
May, 2018
87
Peering Inside the Body
A new device could revolutionize medical imaging.
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Photo of Mary Lou Jepsen ’87, ’97 PhD
May, 2018
85

Susan Bonadonna writes: “I am still working as a doctor at the Family Health & Wellness Center, the main teaching site for Montefiore’s family medicine residency in the Bronx, New York. My three boys are all grown: Erik lives in the city, teaching computer for an after-school program, and thinks about grad school; Devon is a senior at Clark Univ., an English major like his dad; and Luke is a sophomore at Ithaca College majoring in art. My husband is retired and writing books. I would love to see and host old friends. We’re only 40 minutes by train from the Big Apple. Come visit.”

May, 2018
84

Mary Murrin moved from Pittsburgh to Houston in a new role with Chevron. Mary welcomes a connection from Texan classmates on social media.

May, 2018
83

Deahn Berrini published a historical novel, A Roanoke Story, which came out in October from Somerset Hall Press of Boston. The story is a meticulously researched recounting of the first English colony in America, as told from the point of view of the Roanoke Native People. Historian James Horn praised it: “A Roanoke Story takes us as close as we are likely to get to understanding the thoughts, feelings, words, and actions of Native men and women who could not leave any trace in the written record of themselves or of what they thought of the strangers who entered their lands.”

 

May, 2018
83

Carmen Rodriguez reports: “Our reunion promises to be better than in any prior year. For those of you who, like me, enjoy getting together with classmates, especially over a terrific meal, you will not be disappointed.”  

 

May, 2018
83
Celebrating Coover
Literary luminaries gathered in April to toast Robert Coover’s 33 years at Brown.
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Illustration of writers
May, 2018
82

Sean Tracey writes: “Everything is going well with my advertising agency—it is in its 35th year. I am also teaching graduate school communications at Emerson College in Boston. Our son, Victor, is a freshman at the Boston Conservatory and our daughter, Siara, is a junior in high school. I am living in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with my wife, Lina.”

May, 2018
82

Cynthia Prescott Kuster writes: “I am working part-time at an elder law firm doing communications and writing articles for its website, which fits perfectly with my degree in applied math and biology and my MBA in finance. Life takes interesting turns. I’m still very involved in my church’s thrift shop, writing a weekly goofy, photo-filled blog as Second Hand Cindy. I’m most fortunate that my three kids are all happy and healthy. I try to remember to be thankful every day.”

 

May, 2018
81

Beth Tuttle writes: “In November, I began a new position as president and CEO of the American Horticultural Society in Alexandria, Virginia, which used to be part of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon estate. As a master gardener, this is a dream job. Please visit us at ahsgardening.org.”

 

May, 2018
80

Thomas Epstein writes: “I retired from the R.I. Department of Environmental Management at the end of July after 35 years. I’m driving a school bus now and continuing to play King Richard at the King Richard Renaissance Faire in Carver, Massachusetts. In September, I will be performing in my 25th season there. This past Christmas I also did some professional Santa work. So I’m busy enough. I would love to see classmates at the Faire this year.”

 

May, 2018
80

Eight college friends who were roommates at Brown—Rachel Balaban, Dariel Young Curren, Jennifer Evans, Kiki Gershman Kennedy, Jeanne Leahy, Pamela Breslin Murphy, Cathy Curlett Parsells, and Carolyn Coletti Psinakis—went to Florence, Italy, in February to celebrate their 60th birthdays together. They have been close friends since freshman year and have gotten together regularly over the 37-plus years since they have graduated, despite the distances that separate them.

 

May, 2018
79

William G. Woodson completed a PhD this May and is returning to Providence for his 40th reunion in May 2019. He writes: “Never too early to plan ahead.”

 

May, 2018
79

Martha Smith McManamy writes: “I’m enjoying my new post-retirement career in speech-language pathology with a specialty in voice issues. I’m using French and Spanish in my work but still have not found a specific use for the Italian language skills I gained reading Dante at Brown. It sure was fun, though.”

 

May, 2018
79

Sheryl Jacobs writes: “My husband, Stephen Shorofsky ’78, and I continue to live and work in Baltimore. I have a private practice as a clinical psychologist in Pikesville, while Steve works in the cardiology department of the Univ. of Maryland as head of electrophysiology. Our oldest son, Michael, is a pediatric cardiology fellow at the Univ. of Virginia, while our younger son, Benjamin, works in Chicago at the Delta Institute on environmental sustainability.”

 

May, 2018
78
From Concept to Cure
A $50M gift aims to turn research into medicine, stat.
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Illustration of researcher pill and medical needle
May, 2018
78
Fresh Ink
New books by Blue Balliett ’78, Timothy J. Shannon ’86, and Steven Wallace ’83
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Photograph of the spines of the books discussed in this article
May, 2018
76

Merrill Magner became a partner in the tax professional firm Dean, Li and Magner LLC. She is also enjoying being a grandmother to Amber and Lorelai of Winchester, Va.

 

May, 2018
76

Tracy Barrett announces the publication of her 22nd and 23rd books for young readers. Marabel and the Book of Fate (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) was published in February, and Freefall Summer (Charlesbridge Teen) was published in April. Two more books in the Marabel of Magikos series are scheduled for release in 2019 and 2020.

 

May, 2018
75

Stuart Merl ’78 MD retired in January. “I admit I am a casualty of the epic electronic medical record. On the other hand, retirement is great. I have more time for visiting family, other travel, hobbies, and house maintenance chores. Pamela Guise Merl and I are still married, with seven grandchildren.”

May, 2018
75

Craig Martin joined NeuGroup after 12 years with the Association for Financial Professionals.

May, 2018
75

Denise Stefan Ginascol writes: “I’m still living in Chicago after all these years. I’m happily retired and was married for the first time in 2010. Life is good. I’m still working with the arts and education.”

May, 2018
74

Richard Lazaroff writes: “After 35 years of a rewarding pediatric practice, I have retired to exercise more, care for my family, and write a book on parenting: Some Assembly Required, now available on Amazon. I look forward to the 2024 reunion—why not?”

 

May, 2018
74

Marc C. Blum writes that his wife, Kathleen Bersch Blum; Linda and Kenneth Polivy; and Karen and Andrew Kaunitz met for a weekend of merriment for Andy’s 65th birthday in Jacksonville, Fla. As avid supporters of the Jacksonville Zoo, Karen and Andy even included a great behind the scenes visit to see “their” tiger, Kayla Rose.

 

May, 2018
73
Notorious Doc
Documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsberg offers a glimpse into the justice's life
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photo of Betsy West ’73, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Julie Cohen at Sundance
May, 2018
73

George Thurston received the American Thoracic Society’s Public Service Award at the society’s annual meeting in San Diego the week prior to his 45th reunion in May. The award recognizes significant contributions to public health related to improvement of indoor and outdoor air quality, eradication of tobacco usage, prevention of lung disease, improved management of communicable respiratory diseases, or improvement in the ethical delivery and access to health care in areas related to lung diseases. There is a special emphasis on efforts that have the potential to eliminate gender, racial, ethnic, or economic disparities. In his case, this has included offering expert testimonies before the U.S. Congress about air quality issues, representing the society at meetings with EPA administrators (including Scott Pruitt) and in the media, and community engagement on air pollution issues with underserved minority communities, such as in the South Bronx.

May, 2018
72

Carla Smith Lejade writes: “I now split my time between Santa Barbara, California, and Maine. Often I traverse the country on back roads, exploring the amazing U.S.A. So far, 18 trips and counting. I guess I like road trips. I was always a frustrated architect, so I finally built a home and commercial vacation rental last year, El Zapato, with Santa Barbara’s eclectic architect (jeffsheltonarchitect.com). I would love to see Brown alumni at El Zapato. It is a great place to escape the cold and visit sunny Santa Barbara.”

 

May, 2018
71

J.A. Hijiya writes: “It’s been a year since I independently published a memoir, A Piece of Valiant Dust: An Essay in Living, and the number of sales on Amazon has already reached two figures. The book is not really about me but about everybody and what they do: walking, itching and scratching, seeing (or not), eating and drinking, reading and writing, and even dying, though I haven’t technically done the last one yet. In the book I write about people at Brown. I never mention the University by name, but the people are not quite as fortunate.”

 

May, 2018
71

Robert G. Flanders Jr. writes: “In November, after a long career as a lawyer, state supreme court justice, and problem-solving public official, I announced my candidacy for election to the United States Senate for Rhode Island in 2018. I am running as a Republican and am seeking the party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. I would, of course, be grateful for any help and support that Brown graduates, faculty, and students may be able to provide in this endeavor.

May, 2018
71

Anthony Evangelista writes: “I retired from the veterinary profession in mid 2017 and have found many things to fill my free time. The year 2017 also brought the Oct. 16 arrival of our first grandchild, Jacqueline Mae, who will also occupy some of our free time. We feel blessed.”

 

May, 2018
71

Robert Bostian Jr. retired  as vice president and chief actuary of United Retirement Plan Consultants. He now works as a home-based employee and chief actuary for the Pension Studio. When not working, he and his wife travel the world, frequently accompanied by classmate Andrew Chlebus and his wife.

 

May, 2018
70
Alone Among Animals
Can evolution really account for human consciousness?
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Illustration of Charles Darwin, test tubes, and a Catholic rosary.
May, 2018
70

Don and Geraldine Lemoi Williams continue to enjoy the freedom of retirement: traveling to new places and spending time at their vacation cottage in Nags Head, N.C. They treasure time spent with their children and six grandchildren. Their son, Scott E. Williams ’96, is a professor and researcher at UNC Chapel Hill; their daughter Kristin Williams Fiori ’97, her husband Nick Fiori ’96, and their three children live in Brooklyn, N.Y. and are teachers and administrators at St. Ann’s School; and their youngest, Laura Sanders, is the director of fraternities and sororities at Syracuse Univ.

 

May, 2018
70

John Salinger retired to Scottsdale, Ariz., where he serves on the boards of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, C.V. Starr Insurance, and the advisory board of the president of Thunderbird Univ.

 

May, 2018
70

Christopher B. Kende ’70 AM still works as a lawyer in New York City. He writes: “My wife won’t let me retire!”

 

May, 2018
70

Donald S. Baillie writes: “I bought a home in Sarasota, Florida, where my neighbors are fellow Toad Hall brothers—Dave Schreiner and Charles Watt ’71. Sad to hear of the passing of fellow Toad brother Stephen Prescott Greene. One of a kind, and he’ll be missed.”

 

May, 2018
66

James H. Zimmerman Jr. continues to serve as country specialist, China, to Amnesty International. He returned from testimony in Memphis for the China Democracy party. He attends many local Brown events and hopes to see more classmates.

May, 2018
66

Thomas Grady retired from surgery practice and is settling into full-time grandparenting.

May, 2018
66

Charles D. Brown writes: “This is the second year of the Blessing in a Backpack program our church started, which feeds 200 students at a local elementary school in Syracuse, New York. We hope to add more kids next year.”

May, 2018
65

Gordon A. Thomas spent time at a summer home in Kennebunkport, Me., training for a race by running through roads. He fell and dislocated his finger but ended up winning in the 70-and-older age category and finishing fourth in the 60-and-older age category: “You can’t outshine Brown men and women.”

May, 2018
65

C. Michael Searing writes: “My wife, Barbara Searing, is recovering from spinal surgery. I had connective surgery to repair a large hernia on St. Paddy’s Day 2017. All is well.”

May, 2018
65

John C. Parry IV retired from Cleveland State Univ. on June 30, 2017, and moved to Plymouth, Mass. He writes: “It is good to be back in New England, nearer to grandchildren and Brown.”

May, 2018
65

Daniel L. Kurtz retired from a law firm at age 70 and is continuing his law practice at Pryor Cashman, where he represents nonprofit organizations exclusively. He writes: “After many years, my marriage ended in 2016. Earlier this year, I married Shveta Kakar, also a partner at the Pryor Cashman firm."

May, 2018
65

Elizabeth Glass Loggia writes that she enjoyed a triple celebration last summer with her entire family, including daughter Karen Loggia ’94. The celebrations consisted of her 50th wedding anniversary, husband Tom’s 80th birthday, and her retirement from law practice.

 

May, 2018
65

Gilbert DeLorme’s granddaughter, Grace DeLorme ’21, just finished her freshman year.

May, 2018
64

Lynne Tanenbaum Switzky writes: “My husband, Harvey Switzky ’65 ScM, ’70 PhD, and I have retired to the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Guests are welcome. I am president of the League of Women Voters of Baldwin County. Harvey has also joined, and we go around the county helping people register to vote.”

May, 2018
64

Philip Newman retired in February 2012 from full-time cardiology practice after 32 years. Following that, he accepted a position as clinical associate professor of medicine at UC Irvine, where he sees patients and teaches postdoctoral cardiology fellows two days a week. He has written a book and is busy as a cardiology expert witness in medicolegal cases. In addition, he runs and swims and practices trumpet. He writes that he still has never married, but he has more time than ever to date.

May, 2018
64

A. Thomas Levin was awarded the Barbara J. Merhman Commitment to Justice Award by Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee Inc. and has also received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He was reappointed as a member of the advisory board for the Touro Law School Land Use and Sustainable Development Institute (LUSD). In addition to being a partner, he is also general counsel to his law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein P.C., and he continues to be involved in the New York State Bar Assoc., of which he is a past president.

May, 2018
64

Timothy Coughlin writes: “Laurie and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Italy this past summer in a villa with 18 family members, including four children, three of their spouses, and nine grandchildren. Only our son-in law was missing, finalizing his time with Foreign Services in Afghanistan, from which he has since returned.”

May, 2018
64

Susan Kamer Davis ’64 MAT writes: “I’m now semi-retired and living in Washington, D.C., next to the zoo, so the zebras make sure I’m up early. I volunteer with the Smithsonian Women’s Committee and with Compassion & Choices, a nonprofit advocating for control and choice at the end of life.”

May, 2018
63

Dale Perelman published Road to Rust: The Disintegration of the Steel Industry in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio with the History Press. He writes: “While unionists like John L. Lewis and Samuel Gompers battled for fair wages and working conditions, strong managers like Judge Elbert Gary and Tom Girdler opposed their every move. The book charts the bloody battles leading to the victory of the United Steel Workers in 1937 and follows the eventual decline of the American steel industry in the 1980s.”

 

May, 2018
63

Hal Barwood writes: “After a long career as a screenwriter and videogame designer, I’ve been writing books for the past few years. I have finished my fifth, Happenstance. Check it out at www.finitearts.com.”

May, 2018
63

Eugene R. Bouley ’63 MAT has recovered from back surgery and returned to hiking, biking, and mountaineering trails in Florida and New Hampshire as chair of the Highlanders Chapter of the Florida Trails Assoc. His wife, Therese, who turned 80 last fall, still hikes with him. They had several grandchildren graduating last spring: two from high school, two from college, and one from graduate school.

May, 2018
62

Dorothy Pierce McSweeny writes: “My husband, William, and I are actively involved in the arts in Washington, D.C. We are advocating that Congress increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and, as Chair Emerita of the D.C. Arts Commission, for increased local support—especially for a new children’s museum.”

May, 2018
62

Tim Fleming left Northern Arizona Univ. in December 2016, volunteered as a high school track and field coach during the spring, and then worked part-time as a staff family practitioner at the Four Corners Regional Health Center in Northwestern Arizona. His daughters and their families live in Denver.

May, 2018
61
$100M for Brain Science
Alum makes Brown Institute one of best-endowed in U.S.
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Brain illustration
May, 2018
61

Edward Rotmer continues to serve on the Brown Club of Rhode Island board of directors, as well as participating in other volunteer work. He enjoyed his 55th reunion.

May, 2018
61

Norby Fleisig writes: “The cities of Charleston and Mt. Pleasant in South Carolina and I hosted an eclipse party from Aug. 18 to 21. Spotty weather cleared up perfectly during the full passage. In attendance, mostly with significant others, were: Al Almonte Jr. ’62; Hal Chorney; Dave Connell; Joanne Rabold Connell ’64; Rick Croteau ’63; Bill Feinberg ’63, ’66 AM, ’73 PhD; Berge Gregian ’62; Guy Lombardo ’62; and Peter Papadopoulos ’62. All the gentlemen listed are alumni of the gone but not forgotten Plantations House. We try to get together yearly, and we invite others to join us.”

May, 2018
60

Joan Clement Pickett writes: “I am happily living in the same home as in 1981. I garden, volunteer, play grandmother to three, care for three champion Scotties, and still love to sing. Life is good.”

May, 2018
60

Thomas Dunleavy retired in 2001 as president of Risdon Corp., an international packaging company and also as vice president of Crown Holdings. He is active with the Knights of Columbus, church and community financial committees, and alumni organizations. Thomas and his wife, Pat, have six children and are proud grandparents to 21 grandchildren, ages 10 months to 26 years. He is enjoying golf, traveling, and grandchildren activities.

May, 2018
60

Deborah Colborn writes: “Part-time work, part-time art, and full-time happy life on Maryland’s Eastern shore.”

May, 2018
60

James Bower officially retired from his last school, San Miguel, a middle school for boys, grades five to eight. He says that word has it that they may want him back to do a special enrichment class for sixth graders. He is not likely to say no.

May, 2018
60

John Bellavance is still enjoying the Cape after many years of retirement. He keeps busy with golf and bridge and a large family that includes 12 grandchildren. John welcomes a call if you make it across the bridge.

May, 2018
60

Robert Bachelor received his gold pin marking 40 years of Federal Service.

May, 2018
59

Roger Vaughan published his 17th book in 2017, The Medal Maker—The Life of Victor Kovalenko, about a sailing coach whose teams have won more Olympic medals than those of any sailing coach in history. Kovalenko was born in Ukraine in 1950 when it was part of the Soviet Union. He became a national champion. His success as a coach caused jealousy and political harassment from his comrades. When Australia offered him a job in 1996, he took it. He is a member of Australia’s sports hall of fame, and has been honored with the Order of Australia. A film Vaughan has been working on for two years, Of Rails and Sails, the Life of Arthur Curtiss James, premiered in Newport, R.I., on Sept. 14, at the Jane Pickens Theater, which was sold out. A biography of James is a work in progress that should be available in the fall of 2018.

May, 2018
59

The 2017 Tony Awards marked David Toser’s 30th year as costume designer/stylist/ co-ordinator. He says “younger talent will take it from here, and he will concentrate on theater productions, his first love.”

May, 2018
59

Arthur Levin ’62 AM remains active in Sarasota, Fla., attending cultural events. He manages to also fit in being president of his condominium association.

May, 2018
59

Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “For over a decade, a group of Pembroke ’59ers have met for lunch once a month. Annually, Charlene Ingraham Underhill treats us to a holiday luncheon at her home in Rumford, Rhode Island. Attending were: Sue Merriweather Cory, Ann Dunham, Becky Hill Eckstein, Virginia Calitri Eagan, Jean Guiliano George, Carol Canner Gjelsvik, Mary Frances Kiernan, June Walker Mitchell, and Marion Baker Slater.”

May, 2018
58
A Place of Their Own
Legendary Pembroke dean Margaret Morriss spent her life fighting for women's rights.
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Ivy Day
May, 2018
58

Larry McMaster and wife Carolyn (Cornell ’71), started a commercial blueberry farming operation. Larry writes: “Hugely expensive and hugely demanding of sweat equity. Those 6,036 bushes were planted in April 2017 and are not in the least forgiving of any lapse in care and nurture. Nevertheless, we have high hopes for delicious pies in our future. If our efforts play out according to plan, we might even enjoy some income along with those pies. I remember reading a recent post by a classmate; ‘The best way to keep going is just to keep going.’”

May, 2018
58

Jane Fleigner Blythe is planning her fourth annual grandmother/granddaughter trip with her 16-year-old granddaughter, Alexis, and highly recommends it. They have stayed at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah for a week, spent several days at a hotel in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and last year stayed in Sanibel and Siesta Key (Sarasota, Fla.). This year it was ziplining in Costa Rica. She writes: “It is beyond wonderful to be able to share these special times with my only grandchild.”

May, 2018
57

The 13th Annual Augustus A. White III Spine Symposium was held in October by the department of orthopaedics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Among his many recent honors, Gus spoke at the First Parish Church in Weston, Mass., about the impact one person can have in changing institutional practices and policies, and highlighted how far society still must go to overcome racial, cultural, gender, and institutional biases. Gus also led a workshop at the 2017 National Caucus on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health Disparities. He addressed the Conference of National Black Churches on injustice and bias in our health system. In 2016, Gus became an honorary lifetime member of the Brown University Advisory Council on Diversity, appointed by President Christina Paxson. He is also president of the Brown class of 1957.

May, 2018
57

Joe Gerstein writes: “I was the founding president of the SMART Recovery Self-Help Network in 1994. There were only a few meetings in the United States at that time. I am now president again, but there are over 2,600 meetings in 25 countries on six continents, and we are training 300 facilitators per month. SMART (Self-Management Addiction Recovery Training) is a science-based, abstinence-oriented, self-empowerment, volunteer-driven program. Meetings are free. Check it out at smartrecovery.org.”

May, 2018
57

Rusty Chandler retired from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., in 2000, but continues to live in the area, as his daughter is director of athletics there and his son Chisholm Chandler ’89 is headmaster of nearby Salisbury School.

May, 2018
56

Nancy Pollock Stavis writes that she and her husband Edward live in three places: Cape Cod in the summer, Key Biscayne in Florida in the winter, and Brookline, Mass., in between. They attend many different cultural activities in all three places. An avid tennis player for 45 years, Nancy is unable to play anymore because of a bad shoulder.

May, 2018
56

Richard Bower writes: “My granddaughter Emily Maenner ’16 makes the fourth generation of Brown alums in the family. My brother Jim Bower ’60 still lives adjacent to the campus. My daughter Sally Maenner ’84 is an active interviewer for Brown in the Minneapolis area. Ever true.”

May, 2018
56

Joanna F. Alden writes: “Harvey and I celebrated our 55th anniversary and 56 years since we met at the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) Language Institute for secondary teachers. We’ve also celebrated marriages and 50th birthdays of our three college graduates. Our two granddaughters are in school and visit frequently. I am a full-time caregiver to Harvey, who is blind and a candidate for a new implant device in his right eye to give him black and white images; he is also having a hip replacement. We enjoyed our 65th high school reunion, where a large percentage of the class was in attendance. How good to see old friends.”

May, 2018
55

George Ulrich writes: “When Sally and I took up housekeeping in an assisted living facility in the South Denver area, it took a while to adapt to our new lifestyle. Not used to living with elevators, wheeled walkers, electric scooters, and oxygen carts, we’re amazed, after nearly three years, at how much we enjoy the urban environment on this 84-acre campus. We’ve renewed acquaintances with several professional colleagues in the area and other U.S. geology surveyor retirees. We also have made friends with a couple of Brunonians; Norm Walters ’45 and Ann Jones Mills ’60. I’m still playing tennis and pedaling on bike/pedestrian trails in the area. Besides working in the wood shop and placing 18 bluebird houses around campus, which so far have attracted only tree swallows, I’ve joined the Learners Committee, supporting 10 to 15 courses of four to eight weekly classes three times each year. I’ve also generated two courses: one on the Grand Canyon and another on Adventures to a Rocky Moon, reminiscing about the Flagstaff days of the last four Apollo missions.”

May, 2018
55

Lucy Brubaker Tortolani writes: “I’m enjoying life in Rhode Island and my proximity to Brown. The lectures on campus are topical and stimulating. Gene ’52 and I attend when we can. I play bridge weekly and do Sudoku and crossword puzzles daily. I take pleasure in knitting hats and needlepointing Christmas stockings for my grandchildren, and I enjoy trips to New York City and Boston with my daughters. Most importantly, I am a devoted caretaker for Gene. Unfortunately, I’ve lost touch with many from the class of ’55 but have corresponded recently with Lois McClarin-Revi, and she’s doing well in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She belongs to two book groups and it’s clear from her writing that her sharp wit and views on world affairs are alive and well informed. I have also connected with Nancy Schuleen Helle and she’s still an avid writer and doing freelance work for the Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, Connecticut. I’m looking forward to our 65th reunion in two very short years and hope to see many fellow classmates there.”

May, 2018
55

Nancy Schuleen Helle writes: “Leslie Travis Wendel died peacefully on New Year’s Eve surrounded by family at Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pennsylvania. She had lung problems and had been on oxygen. She enjoyed making new friends and all the intellectual and cultural events offered there. She was a reporter for the Pennswood newsletter and in the past year was appointed chairman of the Residents Committee. In December, my daughter Karen and I visited her and we shared scrapbooks and memories of fun things we had done together over the years, including vacations with husbands in France. We have lost so many dear friends that I am counting myself lucky that Herb Helle and I are still alive and ambulatory. I am still doing some freelance writing. I completed a story on the role of art in design at Silvermine Art Center for Venu magazine and a travel piece on the coastal area of Stonington and Mystic in Connecticut, and Watch Hill and Weekapaug in Rhode Island, which will run in a special supplement of a regional newspaper chain in Connecticut. While in Mystic, I visited Dick Nourie at Stone Ridge retirement center. Dick and his wife joined us for a fun dinner. In the past year, I have enjoyed two special events hosted by Brown in New York City, a documentary on a Pennsylvania town surviving tough economic times and a distinguished panel discussion on real news versus fake news in today’s media, held at the Time Warner Center, as well as a winetasting in an art gallery in New Canaan, hosted by the Fairfield County Brown Club. I am still in touch with classmates Jean Sheridan Adams, Audrie Brown Cudahy, Dick DePatie, Alan Lawson, Diane Aspinall Parker, Lois McClarin Revi, Burkey Pratt Thomas, and Lucy Brubaker Tortolani.”

May, 2018
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Frank Wezniak reports: “As acting treasurer, I received a report that shows that the class of 1954 Scholarship Fund is accomplishing its intended purpose. We established this fund as part of our 50th reunion efforts to support undergraduate scholarships. In 2004, we raised $462,000 for this purpose. Since then it has benefited from wise investing by the Brown endowment, with which it is commingled, and has grown to a value of $570,764 as of June 30, 2017. During this period, it has also provided scholarships to deserving students, of about $25,000 per year. This year’s recipient is Cora Moore, who is an engineering major in the class of 2019. Well done, class of ’54.”

May, 2018
52

Howard Wiener received an award from the San Diego’s American Inns of Court, the William B. Enright Lifetime Achievement Award.

May, 2018
51

Elizabeth Maass Phipps writes: “Sending good wishes to all my classmates. I’ve been residing in California for 65 years and I’m still going semi-strong. I enjoy the company of my four children, five grandchildren.”

May, 2018
What Would You Do?
Why did people helped Germans slaughter their Jewish neighbors? It's complicated.
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Illustration of a man in in the gallows, holding the rope that releases the noose around his neck
May, 2018
Going My Way
Editor Norman Boucher says goodbye to the BAM
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May, 2018
It’s All About the Reader
Bidding farewell to BAM editor Norman Boucher
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May, 2018

Lisa Manfull Harper and her husband are trying to sell their villa in Tangier, Morocco, facing the sea. It is a traditional riad but too much for them to maintain. They are fully retired and want to be free to roam the globe. They have returned from an Alaskan cruise and are planning to visit the southern coast of South America.

Apr, 2018
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Jose B. Gonzalez ’91 MAT published When Love Was Reels (Arte Publico Press), a poetry collection that features Latin American and Latino films and icons. Gonzalez’s poem “Elvis in the Inner City” was anthologized in The Norton Introduction to Literature, 12th edition.

Apr, 2018
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Carolyn Clark ’83 AM writes: “Here’s a link for my latest book of poetry, Choose Lethe: Remember to Forget, slated for publication March 30 by Finishing Line Press."

Apr, 2018
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Mason Olds’s ’73 PhD recent novel, Beginnings: How It Was, has been awarded five stars by Wishing Shelf Book Awards, which called it “An inspiring love story set in America. Powerfully written and totally unputdownable!”

Apr, 2018
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Fatehpal Singh Tarney, also known as Frank P. Tarney ’72 AM, writes: “I returned from the Vietnam War having been involved in combat. I had severe post-traumatic stress issues at a time when this condition was neither well known nor well understood, and medical treatment was minimal at best. I arrived at Brown in the hopes of getting a doctorate but soon concluded that I was not PhD material. I had three professors who taught me much and gave me more patience and compassion than I deserved—Professors Martin Martel, Dietrich Rueschemeyer, and Robert Marsh. The campus at that time had its share of upheavals with the antiwar movement, the civil rights movement, and the black power movement. I realized in time that studying 20th-century events, especially those close to the time of the Vietnam War, was emotionally unsettling to me. I became a prep school history teacher and was more comfortable researching and teaching about ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Levant, Mesopotamia, India, and China. About 40 years ago, I converted to the Sikh religion, which originated in India about 500 years ago. I take pride in being the only Western Sikh to have been president of an Indian Sikh temple in the United States. I also write articles on my faith and have a regular column on a Canadian Sikh website, www. sikhchic.com.”

Apr, 2018
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Phil Zarlengo ’65 AM, a leader at AARP/RI for many years, received the 2017 AARP Rhode Island Andrus Award for Community Service, the association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. He served as AARP Rhode Island’s first volunteer state president and has remained an active volunteer for nearly a decade.

Apr, 2018
17
Resistance Fighters
Decades of antibiotic overuse have created superbugs that have developed resistance to our drugs with chilling speed.
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Tori Kinamon
Apr, 2018
14

Andrea S. Wister married long-time partner Frode Kagge on July 8, in Oslo, Norway. Many people crossed the Atlantic to attend, including Patrick Cox, Steven McGarty, Nicole Peterson, Tiffany Tassin ’15 ScM, Sabrina Yu ’15, and Kyle Zurcher.

Apr, 2018
13

Lily Gildor and Seamus Kirst launched their podcast, Mental Health Hangouts, which features interviews with young people about mental illness, mental health treatment, addiction, and related issues. Guests have included Gabe Gonzalez, Deepali Gupta ’12, Jack Sullivan, and Sam Levison ’14. The podcast is available on iTunes and at www.mentalhealthhangouts.com.

Apr, 2018
11

Nicolas A. Martell, cofounder of MarketSnacks, the daily source of financial news for millennials, was chosen for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Nick writes that Brown has been instrumental in helping him pursue a career in entrepreneurship, from his classes with Professor Hazeltine to the open curriculum to the supportive network of the men’s varsity lacrosse team.

Apr, 2018
10

Sumbul Siddiqui was elected to the city council in her hometown of Cambridge, Mass. Sumbul was one of nine candidates elected out of a pool of 26. She is a public interest attorney and was sworn in on Jan. 1.

Apr, 2018
09

Kimberly Dickinson ’14 MPH, ’14 MD, and Ross Beckman ’13 MD announce their Aug. 26 wedding at the Evergreen Museum and Library in Baltimore. Anabel Agloro, Rebecca Binder, Emily Eng, Heather Jones ’14 MD, Rachel Marano ’14 MD, Emma Reitman, and Leona Rosenblum were bridesmaids. Chris Mardy, Adam Margolius, Will Packer, Aaron Small, Brett Weinstock, and Ben Wolpaw were groomsmen. Other alumni in attendance included Neishay Ayub ’14 MD, Jeff Bayne, Ellen Loudermilk Cone ’10, Eugene Cone ’13 MD, Brad Cotter ’13 MD, Paul Cotter, Josh Drago, Julia Goldner ’11, Mark Hepokoski ’13, Shreyus Kulkarni ’14 MD, Ijeoma Njaka, Laura Mercurio Ouellette ’14 MD, James Simmons ’13 MD, Shannon Oppenheim Simmons ’09,’13 MD, Devin Smith ’13 MD, Pamela Escobar Smith ’13 MD, Ina Soh ’13 MD, Adam Vasconcellos ’07, ’11 MD, Mansi Vasconcellos ’10,’14 MD, and Lauren Vitkus. The couple works at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Kimberly is a pediatric pulmonary fellow and Ross is completing his residency in general surgery.

Apr, 2018
08

Alisha Lakhani ’14 MD and Nilay Patel ’12 MD announce their Oct. 7 wedding in Newport, R.I. Alisha is a first-year rheumatology fellow at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass, and Nilay is a chief medical resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Nilay will complete his cardiology fellowship at MGH in 2019. More than 50 Brown and Brown medicine alums were in attendance at the celebration.

Apr, 2018
07

Ike Sriskandarajah earned the Best News Feature Award in the 2017 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Competition. He works for the New York Times.

Apr, 2018
06

Ryan Richards and Emily Yahr were married on Sept. 9. They write that it was “a memorable Vermont ceremony and celebration filled with love, laughter, chair-lifting, hammerschlagen, a full wedding conga line, and multiple generations of Brown alums on both sides of the aisle, including Rick Damon ’81 AM, Brad Hessel ’75, Robb Hughes ’08, Leon Jalbert ’69, Bruce Richards ’69, Aly Richards ’08, Celeste Riendeau ’08, Aaron Yahr ’05, and Barron Youngsmith.”

Apr, 2018
05

Maxine Sharavsky married Christopher Garrett in Hudson, N.Y. on Oct. 28. Alumni in attendance included Owen Boynton, Amy Carvel, Craig Convissar ’06, Allison Lauterbach Dale, Chloé Hill, Philip Maynard ’11, Ivonne Rojas, Joseph Scattergood ’04, Randy Schwarzmann, and Randi Siegel Weniger.

Apr, 2018
05

Brandon Douglass and wife Christen announce the July 29 arrival of their first child, Isabella Riley Douglass.

Apr, 2018
05

On Oct. 4, San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee appointed Eddie H. Ahn to the city’s environment commission, which sets policy and advises the mayor and board of supervisors on environmental matters. The department employs about 100 staffers and manages seven programs that fight climate change and promote sustainability in energy, transportation, building, waste management, jobs, and beyond. Eddie continues to lead the public policy and legal advocacy nonprofit Brightline, which advocates for progressive workforce and environmental policies throughout the United States.

Apr, 2018
04
At Sundance
Among the 16 films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition held at the Sundance Film Festival in January, three were written and/or directed by alums.
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Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs
Apr, 2018
01

Adam Leventhal announces the Aug. 9 birth of his son, Joshua Matthew Leventhal. Adam’s brother, Daniel Leventhal ’07, also had a son, Dean Robert Leventhal-Grieve, born on Apr. 19.

Apr, 2018
01

Rachel Cruz and Todd Auwarter announce the Sept. 16 arrival of their second child, Miles Jack. Miles joins big brother Ryan. Everyone is doing well in Houston, where Todd is an executive search consultant at Egon Zehnder and Rachel continues melanoma advocacy and patient support at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Apr, 2018
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Adhi Nagraj received an appointment to head one of the country’s leading urban policy think tanks, San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Assoc. He is development director at Bridge Housing and chair of the Oakland Planning Commission.

Apr, 2018
98

Lauren Handelsman has been named a partner at the law firm Binder & Schwartz LLP. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and internal and government investigations. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Thomas Talamantez.

Apr, 2018
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Holland K. O’Donnell ’96 is the new CEO at the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, a national legal advocacy organization for people with mental disabilities.

Apr, 2018
95

Michael Zahalsky ’98 MMSc,’99 MD writes: “I was on season 35 of Survivor, which ended on Dec. 20!”

Apr, 2018
95

Bill Watterson writes: “My directorial debut, the feature film Dave Made a Maze, had its world premiere in January 2017 at the Slamdance Film Festival. We took home the Audience Award and have gone on to play 50 film festivals in 22 countries, winning over a dozen audience awards and jury prizes. After a brief theatrical run, the film is now streaming on Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Cable On Demand, and countless other online platforms and is available on DVD and BluRay via Amazon. The film is heavily influenced by the ’80s adventure comedies of my youth, eschewing CGI for practical effects, puppetry, miniatures, and stop-motion animation. The Hollywood Reporter called it ‘wildly inventive,’ and it has earned comparisons to Michel Gondry, Jim Henson, and Terry Gilliam. Planning plenty more madness in the new year.”

Apr, 2018
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According to CNN, when Tracee Ellis Ross ’94 won the NAACP Image Award’s Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series award in January for black-ish, she wasn’t the only alumna to stand out. The ceremony opened with a moment of support for #TimesUp, at which Ross and Angela Robinson ’92, writer and director of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, urged people to vote in this year’s midterm elections.

Apr, 2018
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Manoj T. Abraham writes “After finishing training at Cornell, NYU, and UCLA, my wife, Kavita Aggarwal (whom I met in medical school), and I settled in the New York mid- Hudson Valley where we are raising our two children: Kiran, 14, and Minali, 13. I have a private practice, Facial Plastic Surgery/Oasis Medispa, and am academically affiliated with the New York Medical College and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I continue to lead medical missions with Healing the Children Northeast and work with organizations at both the local and national level. I’m looking forward to reconnecting at the upcoming reunion.”

Apr, 2018
91

Anne Tamar-Mattis passed the leadership torch at interACT, the intersex rights organization she founded after graduating from law school in 2006. She writes that she now lives on a mountaintop in Northern California with her large and eclectic queer family. Her next venture is as the executive director of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, working to transform the way conflicts are resolved globally through collaborative practice (sometimes referred to as collaborative divorce). She would love to hear from fellow Brunonians who are interested in collaborative practice.

Apr, 2018
91

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that John Pijanowski has received a 2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to live in Kutaisi, Georgia, and conduct research at Akaki Tsereteli State Univ. You can follow his trip blog here.

Apr, 2018
91

According to the Washington Post blog, Lisa Gelobter ’91, a former Chief Digital Service Officer for the U.S. Department of Education and Chief Digital Officer for BET Networks, has cofounded tEQuitable, a third-party, tech-enabled ombuds platform to help companies and employees address issues of bias, discrimination, and harassment.

Apr, 2018
90

Navin Singh ’93 MD writes: “I am overjoyed to announce that soon I will be marrying Stephanie Kauffman (Flagler College ’08).”

Apr, 2018
87

Jeff Toussaint is the dean of students at Thayer Academy Middle School in Braintree, Mass., where Daveed Diggs ’04 addressed the students after a screening of Wonder.

Apr, 2018
87

Matthew Riven was appointed deputy commissioner of finance and management by Vermont Gov. Phil Scott in August.

Apr, 2018
85

Karen Levy Gooen published Take Two in November, her second novel in the Mah Jongg Table Talk Tales series. The novels are a follow-up to her successful mah jongg memoir, Searching for Bubbe Fischer. She is involved in NJ 11th for Change, an organization trying to unseat the 20-year-plus congressional incumbent. Lisa Bhimani ’91 lost a close race against NJ 25’s incumbent state senator. Karen and her husband, Michael, are about to welcome a new member of the family—their first puppy.

Apr, 2018
84

The Mid-York (N.Y.) Weekly reported the appointment of Washington and Lee University’s dean of the college, Suzanne P. Keen ’84, ’86 AM, as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Hamilton College. She will also be a professor in the literature and creative writing department,” Biennale president Paolo Baratta said.

Apr, 2018
83

Eric Sahn writes: “I was honored to host a celebration of life in honor of our good friend Tom Paulhus, who passed away in summer. Friends attending, many from across the country, included Chris Brancato ’84, Sassan Ghahramani, Dave Kopel ’82, Mike Lutz, Steve Oddo, Dave Ray ’84, and Ken Valyo.”

Apr, 2018
83

Former U.S. ambassador to NATO and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland ’83 is the new CEO of the Center for a New American Security, a Washington-based think tank founded in 2007 that specializes in national security issues.

Apr, 2018
82

Mary Raho Julian writes: “The Brown Bear was well represented at the wedding of our daughter, Sarah J. Julian ’12, to Keith Duffy ’12. Not only were there many of their classmates at the event, but the classes of 2016 and 2020 also had representation with our sons, Peter Julian ’16 and Chris Julian ’20, and our good friend Heather Cady ’86. The bear showed up on Sarah and Keith’s cake topper, their monogram, their signature drink (el Osso), and in some of their floral décor. It was great seeing so many fellow Brunonians in celebration. Ever True!”

Apr, 2018
81

Margaret Brooks ’83 AM, ’89 PhD writes: “I was an RUE student while attending Brown as an undergraduate, and I served as president of Resumed Undergraduate Student Association in my senior year. I graduated magna cum laude and with departmental honors. I have had a long and successful career teaching economics at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, where I have worked full-time since 1984. In recent years I have also been working to advance financial literacy in our state and region as the president of two Rhode Island–based nonprofits. I am a primary organizer for the Financial Capability Conference, which was held at Rhode Island College on Dec. 9. Under my leadership, financial literacy has become a growing collaborative effort in our state.”

Apr, 2018
80

Eric Sirota ’80 ScM writes: “I have been a research physicist for more than 31 years at ExxonMobil, but I’m also a composer/playwright. My musical Frankenstein, based on Mary Shelley’s novel, is playing Off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre in the heart of the New York theatre district.”

Apr, 2018
80

Ralph Rugoff ’80, director of London’s Hayward Gallery, has been named artistic director of the 58th Venice Biennale, which will run from May 11 to November 24, 2019. “The appointment of Ralph Rugoff confirms the Biennale’s primary goal, to qualify the exhibition as a place of encounter between the visitors, the art, and the artists,” Biennale president Paolo Baratta said.

Apr, 2018
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Angus Rockett retired in January 2016 after 30 years on the faculty of the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Unprepared for leisure life, he is now the department head of metallurgical and materials engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. Angus writes: “It is lovely in Golden with a lot of sunshine, beautiful mountains to play in, a great university to be part of, and great faculty to work with.”

Apr, 2018
80

Doug Edwards writes: “After t aking five years to eke out a bachelor of arts in English from Brown, I was convinced I’d never sit in another classroom. Yet somehow I managed to make it through the MFA program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and now am only one degree behind my wife, Kristen Benson Edwards ’83, who got her PhD in Russian and Soviet history from Stanford. While it’s still Dr. and Mr. Edwards, I am closing the gap. My work will be on display at a student gallery in San Francisco during the month of March.”

Apr, 2018
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Philly.com reported that in mid-January Michael Zimbalist ’78, a former senior vice president of advertising products and research and development at the New York Times, became the first-ever chief strategy and innovation officer at Philadelphia Media Network, which owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. The network’s board chair said, “He’s creative, innovative and energetic—with a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the newspaper industry.” “I wanted to get back into the news industry,” said Zimbalist, a former member of the BAM board of editors. “That’s my passion.”

Apr, 2018
78

Alan Mills writes: “As the executive director of the Uptown People’s Law Center in Chicago, I continue my 35-plus year career as a lawyer representing prisoners subjected to unconstitutional conditions in Illinois prisons, tenants facing wrongful eviction, and disabled people wrongfully denied Social Security disability benefits. The National Legal Aid & Defender Association honored me Dec. 8 with the Reginald Heber Smith Award, recognizing the ‘dedicated service and outstanding achievements of a civil legal aid attorney.’ I look forward to reconnecting with old friends at our 40th reunion.”

Apr, 2018
78

David Hahn writes: “Passionate Isolation is a the second CD from Concert Imaginaire. It was recorded in January 2017 with help from a grant from the Jack Straw Cultural Center. The title is from R. Buckminster Fuller’s No More Secondhand God. We were joined in the recording by violinist Leslie Shank and guitarist Joseph Hagedorn, who volunteered their time and prodigious talents. The 16 tracks are eclectic and quite intense yet also include moments of humor and consonance. On Jan. 21, Concert Imaginaire played at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Undoubtedly, we will have other performances in 2018. Drop a line to say hello or to commission a piece or to hire Concert Imaginaire for a concert in your area. It will also be available as digital download through my label, The Sublunar Society. Radiophrenia, a creative temporary radio show based in Glasgow, Scotland, has broadcast my piece Slogan as part of its two-week exploration into current trends in sound and transmission arts. Slogan is a spoken-word piece that attempts to clarify the inner meaning of a certain political slogan. You can hear a version of it on my SoundCloud page. Urban Arts Berlin, an arts collective dedicated to new and challenging music, has included my caveman pop tune “Ooka Fookoo” in its collection called Sonic Little Cat, which is experimental music for children. You can find and/or buy a copy of that piece here. I am working on a new composition titled Technicians of the Sacred, a madrigal cycle for choir and percussion. The texts are poems from indigenous people around the world.”

Apr, 2018
75

Mike Walach writes: “My wife, Jean O’Loughlin, and I are back in the Peace Corps serving as English teachers at a high school in a farming community high in the mountains of Ethiopia. We met 40 years ago while serving in Peace Corps Zaire. After raising our family and having our careers, we are back for another adventure before retirement sets in. We sold off most of our possessions, kissed the kids and grandkids goodbye, and here we are. Wish us luck!”

Apr, 2018
75

George Hutchinson teaches at Cornell. and lives in Trumansburg, N.Y. He writes: “I have one son who is an artist in Chicago; the other is on a post-bac at the National Institutes of Health. Life always surprises. My new book came out in January: Facing the Abyss: American Literature and Culture in the 1940s, from Columbia Univ. Press. If you want to know what people were really thinking about and doing when our parents came of age, check it out. America was great and not great; the writers and artists did honor to their time. I have a little cottage with a dock on the water, at last. I would love to hear from any oarsmen and women from classes of ’71 to ’78, and other dear friends. You, and Brown, changed my life.”

Apr, 2018
74

Gary Neidich ’78 MD is section head for pediatric gastroenterology at the Univ. of South Dakota and the recipient of two awards from the Sanford School of Medicine: the Department of Pediatrics Master Clinician Award and the Sanford School of Medicine Class of 1983 Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service to the School of Medicine.

Apr, 2018
72

Susan Yelavich was awarded a Bogliasco Fellowship for the month of February 2018. The residency, in the hill town of Bogliasco outside Genoa, Italy, will allow her to finish Thinking Design through Literature due out next year from Routledge. Her book draws on fiction, essays, and poetry to reveal how design and architecture perform in daily life.

Apr, 2018
72

Jeffrey T. Paine writes: “I have accepted the vice president of marketing position at Pica8, a well-funded networking software startup in Palo Alto, California. Concurrently, we have purchased our retirement holiday home in the French beach town of Hossegor, located about 15 miles north of Biarritz, and I’m now wondering when I will ever get to use it. My youngest daughter, Chantal, graduated from Oxford (she was also accepted at Brown), and my eldest, Giselle, is in the last year of her master’s degree in environmental history at Sciences Po in Paris.”

Apr, 2018
72

Dennis Butcher retired after 37 years in a general internal medicine practice in Jackson, Wyo., which included working one year in New Zealand. He writes that he intends to fill his free time with visits to his daughters and two granddaughters, fly-fishing, travel, and reading.

Apr, 2018
70

Dean Alexander writes: “I had the wonderful opportunity in October to visit with family and friends from Brown. My cousin, Paul Alexander ’67, ’69 MMSc, showed my wife and me around campus, which I had not seen since graduation. I also had a chance to talk to Paul’s daughter, Rachel Alexander Levy ’95, about her exciting work abroad, as well as spend time with the rest of the family. Later I visited the Cleveland area with former freshman roommate and dear friend Don Sayre and his lovely wife, Nancy. Hope to be back in 2018; definitely 2020 for our 50th.”

Apr, 2018
69

David Parker practices corporate and commercial litigation at Kleinberg, Kaplan in New York City. He is on the board of Brown-RISD Hillel and a school chair for the alumni interviewing program. He and his wife, Ronnie, also enjoy their adventures with the Brown Travelers, most recently to Australia; New Zealand; and Churchill, Canada. In January they went to Antarctica.

Apr, 2018
69

Caroline Klock McLaughlin retired on Jan. 20, 2017, from the Town of Lexington, Mass., after 31 years. She is still living in Lexington “for now.”

Apr, 2018
69

Thomas Lemire writes: “I remember 50 years ago in the fall of 1967, the excitement of having a new football coach, Len Jardine, a young 29-year-old Purdue assistant who infused high hopes into Brown’s program. New uniforms with gold helmets, better recruiting tools, and upgraded facilities and locker rooms served to inspire us. We didn’t achieve the sharp turnaround that some expected, but the attitude changed, and the administration realized that all aspects of student life benefited from making us more competitive with the other Ivy schools.”

Apr, 2018
69

John Krafft returned to his roots and is living back in Long Beach, Calif. He works as international banking credit manager for City National Bank but is thinking about retirement. He writes: “My two daughters are flourishing. Nina is keeping up the family tradition of living in Beijing, where she is a special education resource teacher in a bilingual private school, and Emily is in Portland, Oregon, where she works in development for the Xerces Society, which supports invertebrates. I still keep in touch with my first roommate, Spike Gonzales, who lives in Naples, Florida, and with Peter Ujlaki, who has been living in Japan for decades but who breezes through southern California most years on business. I recently had a visit with Robert Sell and Rita Chao Hadden.”

Apr, 2018
69

Lynne Moore Healy was named/inducted a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers in October.

Apr, 2018
69

Rita Chao Hadden enjoys teaching Understanding Asia at American Univ. to lifelong learners. She is also mentoring Brown seniors and enjoying time with her granddaughter Mayzie and daughter Tracy Hadden Loh ’04, hiking in D.C., fusion cooking, travels, and acupressure.

Apr, 2018
69

Maria Isabel Garcia received the Outstanding Congregational Library award for her church resource center at All Saints Catholic Church in Richardson, Tex., which she started and has directed for 38 years. The award was given at the 50th Anniversary National Conference of the Church and Synagogue Library Association in Rochester, N.Y., in July 2017.

Apr, 2018
69

Paul Dunn writes: “While I’ve been continuing my job as executive vice president at Bluerock Capital Markets, Linda and I moved to Laguna Niguel, California, to be closer to our four sons and their families.”

Apr, 2018
69

Richard R. Crocker retired and has been named emeritus college chaplain at Dartmouth.

Apr, 2018
69

Leslie J. Corwin and his wife, Jessie Bard, traveled to Israel in October 2017 for the international board meetings of the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation and the October 16 dedication of the tennis court in Jaffa in honor of Jean Mills, the Polo Club of Boca Raton’s director of tennis. Les and Jessie are proud to support Israel Tennis Centers, which bring together children from different religions, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds to promote understanding, cooperation, and friendship on and off the court. They have hosted more than 250 people at their home in Boca Raton.

Apr, 2018
69

Charles S. Carver is a distinguished professor of psychology at the Univ. of Miami, where he has spent his entire professional career. He received his PhD from the Univ. of Texas at Austin in personality psychology in 1974. His work spans the areas of personality psychology, social psychology, health psychology, and experimental psychopathology. The American Psychological Assoc. has honored him for career contributions to the areas of health, social, and personality psychology. For six years he was editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology’s section on Personality Processes and Individual Differences and six years as an associate editor of Psychological Review. He is the author of 10 books and 410 articles and chapters and a recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.

Apr, 2018
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Margery Fisher Anderson is enjoying life in Vermont. She teaches Svaroopa yoga and volunteers in the Heartfulness Meditation ashram bookstore in Massachusetts. She travels to New Jersey and Washington, D.C., as often as possible to visit her two grown sons.

Apr, 2018
Still Listening
"Change is risky. But Brown is known for its innovative, risk-taking approach, and we want the magazine to reflect that.”
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Cropped version of the March/April cover
Apr, 2018
The Mad Skills of Plants
– "My parents tell a story of a hike when I was little, before I could read. They let me run ahead and found me flipping through a field guide to plants, trying to match the flower based on the pictures. It’s pretty good evidence that I’ve always been inclined towards plants and flowers."
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Rebecca Kartzinel surrounded by plants

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